Inga is an Australian novelist and nature writer.
UNDERSTORY: a life with trees (2017), about her decade spent living inside a south east Queensland forest, was shortlisted for the Adelaide Writers Week Award for Nonfiction.
WHERE THE TREES WERE (2016) was shortlisted for an Indie Book Award, and longlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Australian Book Industry Awards, and the Green Carnation Prize.
NEST (2014) was shortlisted for the Courier Mail People’s Choice Award, the ALS Gold Medal, and longlisted for the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Stella Prize.
Inga’s first novel, MR WIGG (2013), was published following her participation in the 2011 QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program. It was shortlisted for the Indie Debut Book Award.
She is also the winner of the (final) Eric Rolls Nature Essay Prize.
Inga has PhDs in creative writing and English literature. Her work has been published in Chicago Quarterly Review, Review of Australian Fiction, Griffith Review, Clues, Writing Queensland, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography.
Her first career was as a professional writer and researcher, including for federal Parliament and the Commonwealth Ombudsman.
Inga grew up in central west NSW, and has lived in Canberra, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast hinterland. She now lives on the far south coast of NSW.
She leads writing retreats, workshops and mentorships through Olvar Wood.
Inga’s first book for children, The Book of Australian Trees illustrated by Alicia Rogerson, will be published in May 2021 (Lothian). Her much-anticipated literary thriller, The Last Woman in the World, will be published (as Elsa Johnson) by Hachette Australia in November 2021.
Inga is currently working on her next literary novel – Willowman.