C.M. Elliott was born in England in 1950 and, at 17, immigrated to Australia where she completed an Honours degree in French Studies at the University of Western Australia. Elliott moved to Zimbabwe in 1977 (in the middle of the civil war) and, with her game ranger husband, Alan Elliott, pioneered a tourism business in the newly independent country, based in and around Hwange National Park. Elliott began writing seriously about three years ago - short stories to begin with and then moving on to what would eventually become Sibanda and the Rainbird. She now writes fulltime with the bit between her teeth!