Even before he left high school, Andrew Masterson worked as a journalist and edited a quarterly newsstand magazine on environmental issues. In the early years of his career, he combined full-time general newspaper work covering mostly entertainment and crime stories for a couple of News Corp (then News Limited) Sunday mastheads with freelance features for magazines such as The Bulletin.
Around 1990, he decided to take up freelancing full-time. As a prolific writer, he is published widely in newspapers and magazines. A long and fruitful association with Fairfax means he contributes several features for The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and others on science, technology, education and popular culture topics. He also writes regularly for magazines such as the science title Cosmos, and the food-and-lifestyle quarterly Slow Living.
As a highly experienced researcher, he has enjoyed regular gigs with a couple of television documentary producers specialising in biological sciences for several years now.
He has a non-fiction book slated for publication by Random House in late 2016, and has had four novels published in Australia, Italy, the UK and other territories. His books have twice won him the Australian Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction.
As a writer, he is adaptable, accurate and fast. Left to his own devices, he likes to produce copy that matches factual weight with wit and style. He sees himself first and foremost as a pro: writing for his clients and not his ego.