Kimina Lyall was born in Melbourne but spent most of her childhood in Canberra, Australia’s capital. Actually, she spent most of her childhood with her nose between the covers of a book. Even when she was supposed to be sleeping, she was often discovered hiding a book and a torch under the covers. Her favourite author then was Enid Blyton; now she devours Margaret Attwood and Peter Carey. She was best known at High School for talking back to teachers, and left school without a clue what she was going to do with her life. She spent some years working as a Youth Worker in Canberra and Melbourne before applying to study journalism at RMIT as a mature-aged student.
Her first job in journalism was at Time Australia, where she learned the value of fact-packing and fact-checking. From there, she joined The Australian’s Melbourne bureau; was later appointed Olympics Editor and finally Southeast Asia correspondent.
Her first book, Out of the Blue – Facing the Tsunami is a true-life tale of a secluded Thai island, a fractured foreign community, vulnerable villagers facing and uncertain future – and the world’s largest natural disaster in living memory. But it is also a book about something all of us do, every day: making choices and surviving change.