Christie Nieman is an author, essayist, editor, parent and librarian. Where We Begin is her second novel. Her first novel As Stars Fall was a CBCA Notable Book. Her short fiction and essays have been widely published in Australian journals and magazines, including The Big Issue, Meanjin, Overland, and The Sydney Review of Books. Her work has been described as 'Australian contemporary gothic' and lauded as 'unique' and 'the epitome of quality writing in this country'. She lives and works on Dja Dja Wurrung country.