Karen Mills grew up in Otara in Auckland. Her home life was tumultuous and difficult. At the age of fourteen she left home to live with Jim and Kay Tichener, a married couple both teaching at her school. She credits their guidance and love as being instrumental in her survival. Karen became a teacher and spent thirty glorious and hilarious years teaching young people just like herself in South Auckland. Aside from her two beautiful adult daughters, Karen is most proud of her heart for children and animals. That she would write a novel was a promise she made herself as a young woman and always knew the right time to begin would declare itself. When Karen began volunteering for Destiny Rescue, a charity that rescues children from sexual slavery, she knew the time had come.
"I fell in love with Rose Dixon the moment I met her, trying to hide the evidence of her little sister's bedwetting from their violent unpredictable father... I wanted to cheer for her from the first page..." Elizabeth Smither