Irna van Zyl has had an illustrious 30-year career in media. She was an executive director at and co-founder of New Media Publishing, which publishes Woolworths Taste, Visi, Golf Digest, Finweek and Eat Out, among other publications. In 1985 she was appointed as chief sub-editor at Die Burger, the first woman to occupy the position, and she has worked as editor for Afrikaans magazines De Kat and Insig. She made her writing debut in 1995 with a collection of short stories, Grootmensspeletjies. Dead in the Water, translated from the Afrikaans Moordvis is her first novel.