Joan Druett, a native New
Zealander, is the author of about a dozen books on maritime history and
historical fiction. She has been the recipient of a PEN/Hubert Church Award, a
Fulbright Fellowship, and the John Lyman Award for Best Book of American
Maritime History. She was a consultant for the award-winning “Seafaring Women”
exhibition and has appeared as a guest speaker at maritime museums across the
country. While much of her research is carried out in the United States, she
lives in Wellington, New Zealand, with her husband.