Cherise is a novelist and short story writer. Her two novels, Desert Fish (2011) and Twitcher (2013), were published by Vintage, in Australia. She has won the V.S. Pritchett Prize (2003) and the Mslexia Prize (2015) for her short fiction. She worked as an academic researcher at the University of Glasgow and the University of Queensland, Australia, carrying out work on media representations of illness, before starting to write fiction. Cherise has also worked in sports publishing and has plenty of experience adapting writing for different audiences and disciplines.
Cherise was the RLF Fellow at Stirling University from 2014–16, assisting students from undergraduate to PhD level on a one-to-one basis. She currently runs writing workshops in Scottish schools as part of the RLF Bridge Programme. She enjoys teaching writing, and particularly likes demonstrating techniques that can help postgraduates and academics develop an editorial eye in relation to their own work.