A native of New Zealand, Lyn McConchie is the author of books ranging from science fiction and fantasy to contemporary fiction and non-fiction, for adults and for younger readers. Her collaborations with Andre Norton on the novels Beast Master’s Ark (2002) and Beast Master’s Circus (2004) were both awarded the Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel by a New Zealander. Their third Beast Master collaboration, Beast Master’s Quest was recently published. She has also collaborated with Miss Norton on the Witch World novel The Duke’s Ballad. She lives in Norsewood, New Zealand.