Julie Keys lives in the Illawarra region on the NSW south coast. Her short stories have been published across a range of Australian journals. Julie has worked as a tutor, a registered nurse, in positions related to youth homelessness and as a clinical trials coordinator. She is now studying a PhD in creative arts at the University of Wollongong and writing full-time. Her debut novel The Artist's Portrait was shortlisted for The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers in 2017.