When journalist Sarah-Kate Lynch was told by a former editor that she was only employed to tell jokes in the canteen, she started looking for another career. Twenty years later (it was a really good canteen), she found one: writing novels. She also writes two columns in the New Zealand Women's Weekly, New Zealand's best-read magazine. One is about nothing and the other is about books. Sarah-Kate usually lives in a cliff top house on the wild west coast of New Zealand but likes to escape whenever possible for "research" purposes to far-flung spots in pretty parts of the world where she enjoys the local cuisine and the odd glass of wine.