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. Rowena was a judge for the Australian Aurealis Awards in the Horror and Fantasy categories for the years 2009 and 2010 respectively. She appeared as an extra in a small TV show and scored a speaking role in a webseries about sentient zombies, called Public Zombie Announcements. She has 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 will be available for purchase worldwide from 6 December 2012. Now in London, Rowena is on track to push her musical career forward and continue writing speculative fiction. She is working hard not to let the law beast swallow her whole.