Tina Shaw is the author of several novels including The Black Madonna, and the YA novel About Griffen’s Heart, which was a Storylines Notable Book in 2010 and was shortlisted for the 2010 LIANZA Children’s Book Awards. Her short stories have been published in anthologies, literary magazines, and broadcast on National Radio. She was awarded the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship in 1999, spent nine months in Germany as the recipient of the 2001/2 Creative NZ Berlin Writers’ Residency, and was the 2005 Writer in Residence at the University of Waikato. She is the editor of the Bateman New Zealand Writer’s Handbook and her latest novel is The Children’s Pond. She is a manuscript assessor and creative writing tutor.