Veronica Lando is an Australian crime author who won the 2021 Banjo Prize for her then-unpublished manuscript The Whispering. As a child, she grew up above her parents’ Melbourne bookstore, surrounded by other people’s stories. Now, as an adult, she lives in Queensland and enjoys using the uniquely wild and sometimes dangerous landscapes of the far north to shape her writing. In 2020, she placed in the Scarlet Stiletto Awards and has since had short stories published in anthologies with both Sisters in Crime Australia and the Queensland Writers’ Centre. Veronica currently lives in Townsville with her husband and three children.