Sara Knox is a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre at WSU. Her novel, The Orphan Gunner, was short-listed for the regional Commonwealth Writer’s Prize and won the Asher prize for the best novel by a woman about war. She’s been a poet, and an essayist, and is the author of a non-fiction study of America’s long love affair with true crime. She teaches (and does research in) contemporary attitudes to death and the representation of violence. In service to those pursuits she’s been skeet-shooting in Newfoundland with the inventor of the modern serial killer; has hobnobbed with homicide detectives in New York, and spent an interesting 20 minutes in the elevator of a conference venue with an alien abductee who was too scared to push the up button.