Marele Day's four-book Claudia Valentine series won her a Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award for crime writing. Her bestselling literary novel, Lambs of God, was published to acclaim in Australia and overseas. This was followed by Mrs Cook: The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain's Wife, and The Sea Bed. Marele has more than twenty years' experience as a teacher of Creative Writing and is mentor for Byron Writers Festival's highly successful residential mentorship. She has served as judge for literary competitions including the Vogel Awards and NSW Premier's Literary Awards.