Dr Jesse Blackadder is an Australian author fascinated by landscapes, adventurous women, animals and very cold places. A winner of literary awards in the USA and Australia, she is the author of three adult novels and three children’s novels (for 8-12 year olds). Jesse won the 2011-12 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship, which allowed her to travel to Antarctica to research Chasing the Light, a fictionalised retelling of true story of the first women to reach Antarctica. She has also been a writer-in-residence in Alaska, and outback Australia. Jesse teaches writing historical fiction and writing junior fiction, and is currently working on a contemporary adult novel.