Ken Catran has been an established professional writer for some thirty years. His career began with television, including such series as Under the Mountain, Hanlon and Shortland Street. About fourteen years ago, he left television for young adult fiction, and has subsequently written some forty-six books. His subjects include history, war fiction, contemporary thrillers and science fiction and he is published internationally. Ken has won nine writing awards and is the 2007 recipient of the prestigious Margaret Mahy Award for services to children's literature. He and his wife, Wendy - also an author - live in South Canterbury.