Inga Simpson is the winner of a Scarlet Stiletto Award for her short story 'Operation Bluewater', which was subsequently published in Scarlet Stiletto: The First Cut. She has a PhD in Creative Writing for her thesis on detective fiction, which included her novel, Fatal Development (2010). Inga lives in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Her next novel, Mr Wigg, will be published by Hachette in July 2013
Once an artist and teacher, Jen now spends her time watching the birds around her house and tending her lush sub-tropical garden near the small town where she grew up. The only person she sees regularly is Henry, who comes after school for drawing lessons.
When a girl in Henry's class goes missing, Jen is pulled back into the depths of her own past. When she was Henry's age she lost her father and her best friend Michael - both within a week. The whole town talked about it then, and now, nearly forty years later, they're talking about it again.
Everyone is waiting - for the girl to be found and the summer rain to arrive. At last, when the answers do come, like the wet, it is in a drenching, revitalising downpour.