Stella Kinsella was born and raised in Melbourne where she attended a catholic ladies college (to no avail). She studied at the Victorian College of Arts, supporting herself as a waiter at the Last Laugh theatre restaurant and zoo. She left college with a commission from the Playbox Theatre Company and headed north to write in Byron Bay where she stayed for seven years doing everything she’d ever wanted to do, this included: performing stand up comedy, hosting radio programs, fostering indigenous wild life, joining anti-nuclear blockades, and writing for an independent broadsheet; The Byron Shire Echo.
Eventually she had to wise up and return to Melbourne where she spent a decade working with brilliant people in film and TV in what can laughingly be described as the Australian Screen Industry. She has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Queensland and an Australian Writers’ Guild award for screenwriting. She now produces live comedy and interpretation events and oddly enough, works at the city Zoo. She has written a novel for children called Wild Orphans and Poison Ivy is her first published work of crime fiction.