Robyn Cotton grew up in South Taranaki and studied at Massey University in Palmerston North, before embarking on a career in the dairy industry and as a management consultant. In recent years she has put her energy into governance. Her creative writing is inspired by her own experience and has led to Mary and Me, her second novel. Robyn is a Christian living with Parkinson’s disease and enjoys time with her family, photography, travel, sailing and exploring New Zealand’s unique natural environment. –This text refers to the paperback edition.