Cathryn Hein was born in South Australia's rural south-east. With three generations of jockeys in the family it was little wonder she grew up horse-mad, finally obtaining her first horse at age ten. So began years of pony club, eventing, dressage and showjumping until university beckoned. Armed with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture), she moved to Melbourne and later Newcastle, working in the agricultural and turf seeds industry. Her partner's posting to France took Cathryn overseas for three years where she finally gave in to her lifelong desire to write. The Falls is Cathryn's fifth novel. Her previous novels, Promises, Heart of the Valley, Heartland and Rocking Horse Hill, are also published by Penguin. Visit Cathryn online at cathrynhein.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/cathrynhein or on Twitter at twitter.com/cathrynhein.