Cathryn Hein was born in South Australia's rural south-east. With 3 generations of jockeys in the family it was little wonder she grew up horse mad and owned her first horse at age 10.
She has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) from Roseworthy College, and has moved to Melbourne and later Newcastle, working in the agricultural and turf seeds industry. Her partner's posting to France took Cathryn overseas for 3 years in Provence where she finally gave in to her life-long desire to write. Her short fiction has been recognised in numerous contest, and has been published in Women's Day.
Cathryn's first two novels, 'Promises' and 'Heart of the Valley', were finalists in the 2011 and 2012 Australian Romance Readers Awards. 'Heartland' is her third Rural romance novel.