Holly Ford grew up in a farming community in the Hokonui Hills in the South Island of New Zealand. She now shares her own very small patch of hill country on Banks Peninsula with her husband and dog, an ever-increasing population of magpies and hares, and the occasional vacationing dairy cow.
Packed with gutsy women who aren't afraid to take what they want and men who are worth their trouble, Holly's novels celebrate life and love in some of the world's most rugged farming country.
The fictional high country stations of Blackpeak, Glencairn and Broken Creek are inspired by the vast sheep and cattle farms that hug the flanks of the Southern Alps, the mountainous backbone of New Zealand.
Originally carved out in the 1800s, today some of these farms remain family-run, while others have become the property of government agencies, national and international investors and the occasional superstar.
Most traditionally, the stations are home to Hereford and Angus beef cattle and merino sheep.
Merinos are farmed mostly for their wool, which, depending on the fineness of the fleece, is woven into everything from high quality carpets to luxury clothing.