Jenny Pattrick is a writer and former jeweller whose nine published novels, including The Denniston Rose, its sequel Heart of Coal, the Whanganui novel, Landings, and Inheritance, set in Samoa, have all been NZ Number One Best Sellers. She has written book and lyrics for several children’s shows, many performed professionally by Capital E National Theatre For Children. She has chaired the Boards of many arts organisations including the Arts Council of New Zealand. In 2009 she received the NZ Post Mansfield Fellowship. In 2011 she and husband, musician Laughton Pattrick, published the children’s book and CD of songs, The Very Important Godwit. Her novel, Leap of Faith was released in 2017 and Harbouring was released in 2022. In 1990 she was awarded OBE for services to the arts.