Elizabeth Knox is an award-winning novelist. She lives in Wellington with her husband and teenage son and is the author of eleven novels. Her best-known adult book, The Vintner’s Luck (1998), won her international attention and both the Deutz Medal for Fiction in 1999 and the Tasmania Pacific Region Prize. A film based on the novel and directed by Niki Caro appeared in 2009. In 2000 Knox was made a Laureate of the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, and in 2002 she was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
She has written two young adult novels – Dreamhunter (2005) and its sequel Dreamquake (2007). Dreamhunter was a fiction finalist in the 2006 Montana New Zealand Book Awards; won the Esther Glen Award; was selected for the 2006 White Ravens list of outstanding books; and made the American Library Association (ALA) recommended list of Best Books for Young Adults 2007. Dreamquake (2007) was a 2008 Michael L. Printz Honour Book (United States).