Marie Williams grew up in South Africa and lived in Canada before settling in Australia with her family. Her first book, Green Vanilla Tea, won The Finch Memoir Prize 2013.
An artist with Social Work roots (MSW), Marie worked in health settings, not-for-profit sectors, clinical education and private practice before swapping clipboards for paintbrushes. These days you’ll find her in paint-spattered overalls in her home-based studio in Brisbane. She paints under her full name, Gela-Marie.
Green Vanilla Tea was published in 2013 (ANZ) and 2014 (North America and Korea).
Photo: Dean Whitling