Maree Kimberley writes across a range of genres and disciplines with a particular interest in horror and young adult speculative fiction. In 2014 she was awarded a PhD from Queensland University of Technology for her creative-practice led examination of young adult fiction through a posthuman framework. Her research interests include speculative fiction and the intersections between the cultural representations of neuroscience and posthumanism in young adult literature. She has published articles, short stories and a children’s novella and her work has appeared in academic journals including Social Alternatives, MC Journal, New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship, and The Human, as well as literary magazines including The Big Issue Fiction Edition and Meanjin. Her work has been published in several anthologies including Impossible Spaces, Notausgang and Defying Doomsday and her debut young adult speculative fiction novel, Rat City, was published in August 2016. She also publishes horror fiction as Rue Karney and her story Brother, which won the 2016 Australian Horror Writers Association short story competition, has been translated into Italian.
She has two pieces of advice which she gives to young women. The first is a quote from Marilyn French's novel, The Women's Room: "Everybody fucks up." The second is borrowed from Helen Mirren: As a woman, as you go through life, the most important thing is never be afraid to tell people to fuck off.