Graeme Lay is a full-time writer of fiction and non-fiction, editor and manuscript assessor, with ten previous novels and story collections, two children's books and nearly twenty non-fiction titles. He was born in Foxton, grew up in Taranaki and was educated at Victoria University of Wellington. He works from his homes in Devonport, on Auckland's North Shore, and Hahei, in the Coromandel. Married with three adult children, Graeme's interests are reading, travel, photography and the sea. He is also secretary of the Frank Sargeson Trust.