Kirsty Eagar was raised by her mum and grandmother under the big skies of Capricornia in Queensland. She grew up riding horses and mustering, went to a small country school where shoes were optional, and spent holidays at the beach with her dad. After attending state high school in Rockhampton, she left home at seventeen to study at the University of Queensland, spending four years in a residential college thanks to Austudy and a multitude of part-time jobs. She graduated with a Masters in Economics, making the Dean’s honour roll for academic achievement. Kirsty then worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia in Sydney, and the Bank of England in London, before deciding corporate life was not for her.
She spent the next few years surfing her way around Australia, living out of a Toyota troop carrier and working in kitchens. It was the best thing she could have done because during that time she started to write.
Her debut novel, Raw Blue, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Young Adult fiction. Her follow up novels, Saltwater Vampires and Night Beach, were shortlisted for numerous literary awards including the NSW Premier’s Awards, the Queensland Literary Awards, the Western Australia Premier’s Awards and the Gold Inky. Her latest work, Summer Skin (Allen & Unwin, Feb 2016) has been described by Bookseller+Publisher as a must-read for older teens for its frank examination of love, sex and intimacy.
These days Kirsty is married with two daughters and lives on Sydney’s northern beaches. Her husband is an elite-level soccer coach who is partly to blame for her interest in performance psychology and its application to creativity. She surfs most days and is a contributor at White Horses surf magazine. Her work has also been published in Elle magazine, Review of Australian Fiction and Women’s Money.
Kirsty is an experienced speaker and has delivered numerous author talks and workshops at schools and other venues to audiences ranging from four to four hundred. She has appeared at major literary festivals, toured regional Queensland as part of a Brisbane Writer’s Festival initiative, and guested on ABC and commercial radio. She is proud to be an ambassador for the Stella Schools Program.