Dunedin-born Paula Boock began writing when she was seven.
After graduating from Otago University, she started working as a book editor and publisher, and in 1994 was a founding editor of Dunedin-based Longacre Press.
Boock's novels are often - though not exclusively - found on the young adults shelves. When writing for film and television, she finds teenage characters "still tend to sneak into my work and take over".
Struggling seamstresses overcome strong obstacles to form the first women's union in New Zealand in 1889. A glimpse of Victorian Dunedin which reflects the struggles of contemporary women.