Profile photography by Julian Dolman About R.W.R. McDonald


R.W.R. McDonald (Rob) is an award-winning Kiwi author, living in Melbourne, Australia, with his two daughters and one HarryCat. His debut novel, The Nancys, won Best First Novel in the 2020 Ngaio Marsh Awards, as well as being a finalist in the Best Novel category. It was shortlisted for Best First Novel in the 2020 Ned Kelly Awards, and Highly Commended for an Unpublished Manuscript in the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. 

Rob’s second novel, Nancy Business, a sequel to The Nancys, was published in June 2021. Nancy Business was a finalist for Best Novel in the 2022 Ngaio Marsh Awards. 

Nancys Undercover, a short story featuring the Nancys, is part of the Dark Deeds Down Under crime fiction anthology, published by Clan Destine Press June 2022.

A timeline of how the stories fit into the Nancys series can be seen below.

Three book covers and a timeline representing the Nancys world. The Nancys, Nancy Business and Dark Deeds Down Under
Timeline of the Nancys world.



Rob also teaches Courses with Writing NSW and Faber Writing Academy, and offers an individual Manuscript Assessment Service.



Queer Writes Sessions Podcast with logos from Queer Writes Sessions, Words and Nerds Podcast and Blarney Books and Art in Port Fairy

Rob is co-founder of Queer Writes Sessions (QWS), in partnership with Blarney Books & Art in Port Fairy. QWS is a project to promote LGBTIQA+ identifying writers and their works by providing additional platform opportunities.

One such platform is QWS Podcast, a monthly Words & Nerds spin off series, which Rob hosts.




You can contact Rob here.

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