Vanda Symon grew up in Tauranga and Hawkes Bay before heading south to study for a Bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of Otago.

Vanda had always been addicted to reading books and finally got the opportunity to indulge in her desire to write them when at home with her young children.

Overkill (2007) was her first fiction novel and Vanda was ecstatic when Penguin New Zealand decided not only did they want to publish it, but they wanted a series of crime fiction novels about Sam Shephard. They loved Sam as much as she did. The second in the series The Ringmaster was published in 2008 and the third, Containment, in 2009.

Overkill and The Ringmaster have also been sold into Germany.

To read more about each novel, click here.

Vanda now lives in Dunedin with her husband and two young sons. She is the Chair of the Otago Southland Branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors. She produces and hosts a monthly one hour radio show for the Society of Authors on Toroa Radio, the Dunedin Community Station, where she interviews local writers and people involved in the book industry, promotes local events and shares some good music. She also does monthly book reviews for Dougal Stevenson's Dunedin Diary programme on Channel 9 Television.

When Vanda isn't writing she can be found busy being a Domestic Goddess, or on the sidelines at the kids' sports, or on the business end of a fencing foil at her fencing club, Salle Angelo.