Sally Scott wrote her first novel as an 11-year-old. It was a Famous Five pastiche and every word was precious. She kept writing cosies until an arts degree led to experimentation with short stories. None of them publishable, but joyous to write. Then ‘adulting’ happened and creative writing gave way to articles, papers and grant applications needed for her to pretend to be an academic. After lapsing from teaching, she began working as a weapons systems contractor and then at a gaming machine testing consultancy in Melbourne. After eight years interstate, Sally returned to WA to do a last hurrah at Curtin University before establishing her own business development consultancy in the engineering and construction sector. Fromage is the first novel in the Alex Grant series.