Nozomi Katsura (1965–) was born in Tokyo and graduated from Otsuma Women’s University. After a number of years as an office worker, she left her job to become a freelance writer. She made her literary debut in 2003 with Shinikki (Death Diary), which won an award for excellence in a contest for aspiring writers sponsored by the publishing company X-Knowledge. Her 2005 novel Kencho no hoshi (Star from the Prefectural Office) was adapted to film and became a bestseller. Her 2011 novel Ren’ai kentei(Love Quotient) became a four-part NHK TV drama in 2012. Her other works include Tanomu kara hottoite kure (Please Leave Me Alone), Hataraku otome (Maidens at Work), WE LOVE jijii (We Love Old Men), Byodo gemu (Equality Game), and Run! Run! Run! (original English title).