About Ross


At eight years of age Ross began (and failed to complete) his first novel, and received his first publisher’s rejection for a picture book at age eleven. Many years later (and after many short stories and poems written on an electric typewriter) his first major publication was as the illustrator of The Boy Who Grew into a Tree (Penguin 2012), and his second was as the author of One Photo (Penguin 2016). The Apology (UQP 2018) is his debut adult novel. He teaches creative writing on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia.

You can read his answers to the Kids’ Book Review ’12 Curly Questions’ here

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2017 Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year – shortlisted with One Photo

2013 Aurealis Award for Speculative Fiction (category: Children’s Fiction told primarily through pictures) – shortlisted with The Boy Who Grew into a Tree

2011 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Emerging Author (manuscript) – shortlisted with ‘The Arc’ (unpublished)