Inken Bartels was born in Eckenförde in 1974 and freelanced for several women’s magazines for many years and is now assistant director at Für Sie magazine. She lives with her husband and two sons in Hamburg. She likes to retreat to her little country getaway on the river Schlei at the weekend to do her writing. She knows all the places to swim and every country inn there. Inken Bartel's love for cooking explains why her novel is peppered with recipes and food-related quotes.