Jay Verney is an award winning Australian writer who has published novels, essays, memoir, opinion pieces, and book and movie reviews. She has written for newspapers, anthologies, magazines, and money, and now, the InterWebNetThing.
Jay has taught creative writing courses, appeared (often like an avenging wraith) at literary festivals, and judged a number of literary awards. For reasons known only to the universe, she served for a number of years on the management committee of her hometown’s literary festival. (Actually, it was for the danishes and the muffins).
Jay has published two novels, A Mortality Tale, and Percussion. Both of them were well reviewed, but A Mortality Tale was also shortlisted for both the Australian/Vogel and Miles Franklin literary awards, two of Australia’s most prestigious literary prizes. And no money changed hands, either – well, not much – a 20 and change.
Jay has been (no, she’s not a has-been!) a hospital pay clerk, shop assistant, tradesman’s offsider, bar attendant, public servant, writer-in-residence, cat wrangler, domestic goddess, political tragic, and a few other occupations wiped from her memory during The Great Imbibing of ’81 to ’86.
When all’s said and done, she prefers writing by a country mile.
She has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing in which she specialised in memoir, and she also has a PhD in Creative Writing which focused on crime fiction and won her a Dean’s award for excellence (again, very little filthy lucre changed hands).