Karyn Hay is an author and broadcaster from New Zealand. Her debut novel Emerald Budgies won the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book for Fiction Award in the New Zealand Book Awards in 2001. She has since published The March of the Foxgloves in 2016 which was a No.1 New Zealand Fiction Bestseller. Her latest novel Winged Helmet, White Horse was published in 2018.

Karyn is a Frank Sargeson Fellow and was a Michael King Writer in Residence. She is a mentor for the NZ Society of Authors, a member of the Academy of New Zealand Literature, and holds an ONZM (Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit) for services to broadcasting and the music industry.