Himali McInnes is a family doctor who works in a busy Auckland practice and in the prison system. She writes short stories, essays, articles, flash fiction and poetry. She has been published locally and internationally (in literary journals and anthologies), and has either won or been short-listed in several writing competitions. She was an NZSA Mentorship recipient for 2020, and the inaugural Verb Wellington Writers Resident in Oct 2020. Her writing, whether fiction or non-fiction, often explores the theme of otherness. Himali is also a keen gardener, beekeeper, cook and chicken farmer. She is obsessed with dogs and books.