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Marie Munkara was born on the banks of the Mainoru River in Arnhem Land. She is the author of Every Secret Thing, which won the 2008 David Unaipon and 2010 Northern Territory Book of the Year, and two childrens' books, Rusty Brown and Rusty and Jojo. Her memoir Of Ashes and Rivers that Run to the Sea was published by Penguin in 2016. Marie currently resides in Darwin with her menagerie of pets and her teenage daughter.