Joanna Orwin has a background in plant ecology and 30 years’ experience as an editor in environmental sciences. Her lifelong interests in New Zealand’s landscapes and history are reflected in award-winning books that range from social and environmental history to historical and adventure novels for children and young adults. Shifting Currents is her second historical novel for adults. She has been short-listed six times in the New Zealand Children’s Book Awards, twice winning her category. Two of her non-fiction titles for adults won New Zealand Awards in History, and Riccarton and the Deans Family was a finalist in the 2016 Heritage Book Awards. Joanna was the 2009 University of Otago College of Education Children’s Writer in Residence.