Amanda Ortlepp is a Sydney-based writer, born in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1981. As a child she was a voracious reader with ambitions of one day becoming an author. Instead she completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree after high school, followed by a Masters of Applied Finance, and spent a decade working in marketing and communication roles. It was only after she turned thirty that she revisited her love of fiction and started writing at nights and on weekends while working full-time. Her debut novel, Claiming Noah, was first published in 2015. Its ethical dilemmas and emotionally charged themes struck a chord with mothers and book clubs in particular and became a bestseller. Amanda’s second novel, Running Against the Tide, was published in 2016. It’s a story about long-held prejudices and fractured relationships, set in a remote fishing town in South Australia.