Mary-Rose MacColl is the author of five novels, a non-fiction book, a memoir, short stories, feature journalism and essays.

She grew up in Brisbane, Australia, with three brothers. Both her parents were journalists. 

Mary-Rose worked as a journalist, nursing assistant, computer operator and corporate writer while studying towards degrees in journalism and creative writing. Currently she lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and son.

Mary-Rose MacColl's first novel, No Safe Place, was runner-up in the Australian Vogel Literary Award. Her first non-fiction book, The Birth Wars, was a Finalist in the Walkley Awards for Journalism and in the Queensland Premier's Awards for Non-Fiction and for Science Writing. In Falling Snow and Swimming Home have both been published internationally, and Swimming Home won The Courier-Mail 2016 People's Choice Award.  

For a Girl  is a true story from Mary-Rose MacColl's young life.