Katherine Collette is a writer and (sewerage) engineer. She has been awarded a Retreat Fellowship at Varuna the Writers House, and was part of the ACT Writers Centre's Hardcopy program. The Helpline is her first novel. Katherine is also co-host of The First Time, a reality-style podcast that follows her journey through the publication process. The First Time is presented in partnership with the ACT Writers Centre, Writers Victoria and RMIT University.