S T E P H A N I E R U T H
New Zealand contemporary romance novelist
and short story writer.
Honoured recipient of the Sandra Hyde Romance Writers Memorial Scholarship in 2019. Two time winner of the RWNZ First Kiss competition, editor and agent's choice in both the 2018 and 2023 in RWNZ's Great Beginnings, and agent's choice in 2019.
Runner up for the esteemed Pacific Hearts award in 2020, finalist in the Koru First Book category in 2021, finalist in the RWA Sapphire Award in 2022, and author of the Otago Waters series, Stephanie is an active member of Romance Writers of New Zealand, and the founder of Tī Kōuka Publishing.
She lives in the South Island of New Zealand, Te Waipounamu, with her husband, three children, and an ever expanding array of animals, and has been delving into romance since she was old enough to sneak her sister's Sweet Valley High books and father's Lucy Walkers.
Stephanie is currently writing a second contemporary romance series, dabbling with music, clay, and paint, and connecting with other bibliophiles on social media.