Rowena Specht-Whyte

A lawyer by profession, after long years of practice in commercial litigation, Rowena left her job in Brisbane, Australia and moved across the world to London, United Kingdom. While still in Brisbane, she was the singer and joint songwriter for celebrated progressive rock band "never" for five years and then singer and joint songwriter in an industrial duo "Opaque", in each case the sole lyricist. While in London, she continued writing and performing original music.

In 2012, she had her first short story, "Touched", published in an anthology called 'Deck the Halls', part of the Literary Mix Tapes' initiative by eMergent Publishing. The anthology remains available for purchase worldwide. She is currently working on short stories and a novel in the fantasy and horror genres.

Rowena was a judge for the Australian Aurealis Awards in the Horror and Fantasy categories for the years 2009 and 2010 respectively. She is taking up the judging mantle again for the Fantasy Short Story category for the Aurealis Awards for 2014.

On the music front, she is presently collaborating with musicians worldwide and looking forward to being back on stage.

Rowena has spent the last few years working to change the course of her career so as to integrate her passion for the arts and social change with her valuable legal skills and experience. She is working hard not to let the law beast swallow her whole.