Y. K. Willemse is a committed Christian, serious coffee drinker, and sassy music teacher. Her Mum sealed her fate when she read six-year-old Yvette the book Dangerous Journey (a simplified version of Pilgrim's Progress with surprisingly graphic pictures). First published in a teenage anthology at sixteen, Yvette has wanted to be an author for a long time. Yvette was a finalist in New Zealand's Re-Draft competition, 2009. Additionally, she was top student in Massey University's distance component of Editing and Publishing, 2012; and she was a finalist in the Innovation category of the Waikato Recognyz Youth Awards, 2013.