In 1991 Carmel Shute helped found Sisters in Crime Australia, an organisation which celebrates women’s crime writing. She has been a national co-convenor ever since. Carmel is an historian by trade and has taught at four different universities. She has also worked as a union organiser at the ABC and as a media officer in local government. She now runs her own PR consultancy, Shute the Messenger. In 2016, the Australian Crime Writers’ Association presented Carmel with a Lifetime Achievement Award.