Nicole Hayes is a writer, editor and writing teacher based in Melbourne. Her debut Young Adult novel, The Whole of My World, is about a teenaged girl obsessed with footy, and was published by Random House in June 2013. Her second book, One True Thing, is a YA novel about politics, music, and friendship, and was published in May 2015 (Random House). Nicole has an MA in Creative Writing and has been teaching writing for various organisations around Melbourne, including the University of Melbourne, Australian Writers Centre, and Phoenix Park Neighbourhood House where she runs the Creative Writing program. She is an Ambassador for The Stella Prize Schools Program, and a founding member of #LoveOzYA. The Whole of My World is a revised version of a manuscript she worked on at a Varuna Hodder Headline manuscript residency in 2003. One True Thing is the winner of the 2015 Children’s Peace Literature Award.