After living in New York City for a number of years and traveling the world whenever she had the chance, Adair arrived in Australia in the late 1990s with her young family for what was to be a three year adventure. Three years became fifteen years in the blink of an eye. During that time, she established a writing career, publishing reviews, articles, and short stories on a regular basis. She published an ongoing column for Arts Hub called “The Write Style” on what an emerging writer can learn from avid reading.
Adair wrote her first novel, The Tower of Forgetting, in small stretches while her infant daughter napped — mostly as a way of re-inventing herself. Her second novel, Flesh, was written with more deliberation and is represented by the Curtis-Brown Literary Agency. In 2016, she returned to the US, choosing the country’s most literary city — Portland — and quickly became involved with Literary Arts.
She has also won a number of awards. In 2008, her short story “One Hundred Points” won the One Book, Many Brisbanes competition, which has led to other short fiction publications. She was recently named a 2018 Oregon Literary Fellow for her new work Quantum Entanglements.
In addition to journalism and short fiction, Adair is now working on a third novel, Bound Earth, which examines social justice in contemporary Australia, and Quantum Entanglements, a fiction-memoir-personal essay hybrid about love and illness.