Mary-Rose MacColl grew up and lives in Brisbane where she has always created stories. She was the first graduate of the University of Queensland's Master of Arts in Creative Writing and has a degree in journalism from QUT. She has worked as a cadet journalist, assistant nurse and photocopier operator before moving to higher education for 15 years as an administrator and corporate writer.
Mary-Rose teaches writing part-time and chaired the 1998 Brisbane Writer's Festival. Her first novel, No Safe Place, was the 1995 runner-up in the Australian/Vogel Literary Award and was published by Allen & Unwin 1996.