Kathryn Barker was born in Canberra, but growing up there involved plenty of travel. She started primary school in Tokyo (the only kid with a sandwich in her lunchbox) and finished high school in the woods outside Olympia, Washington State (aka that rainy place where Twilight was set).
In the years that followed she went to university, became a lawyer, changed her mind, re-trained as a film producer and worked in television. Kathryn's first novel, In the Skin of a Monster, was published to high acclaim and won the 2015 Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel, was short-listed for two Davitt Awards and was a CBCA Notable Book.
Her most recent novel, Waking Romeo, won both the Best Young Adult Fiction Award and the Best Science Fiction Novel Award at the 2021 Aurealis Awards.
Kathryn currently lives in Sydney with her family.