Brenda Delmain grew up in England. She trained as a nurse and came out to New Zealand to work in the Hokitika hospital. She married a West Coast farmer; they moved about the country then settled for 30 years in Kerikeri. Brenda has written stories and poems for children, plays, lyrics for a musical, and a series of short stories for children. Reading history has been 'an abiding passion' and she researched avidly to create Lizzie, love, scouring James Kemp's journals and reference books, interviewing his great-grandson and reading missionaries' letters at the Hocken Library.