Mandy Sayer attended twelve public schools before touring the US as a street performer with her jazz drummer father. She later studied tap dance with Cookie Cook and Brenda Buffalino and joined the Bill Evans Dance Company. Her first novel MOOD INDIGO won the 1989 Australian/Vogel Award, which was followed by her second, BLIND LUCK. Her third book, THE CROSS, was a finalist for the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel, shortlisted for the Kibble Award, and nominated for the 1997 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She has also been named one of the ten Best Young Australian Novelists by the Sydney Morning Herald. She received a BA and MA in Creative Writing/English from Indiana University. Her memoir, DREAMTIME ALICE, has been published in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, and has received much critical acclaim. She has recently co-edited with Louis Nowra, an anthology about Kings Cross, IN THE GUTTER... LOOKING AT THE STARS.