Born in Copenhagen, Lene Kaaberbol published her first book at the age of fifteen. She has worked as a secondary-school teacher, a copy-writer, a literary translator and a literary editor. She is now a full-time writer. She has published many books in Denmark and has translated her own work into English. The Shamer's Daughter was shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation and The Serpent Gift was distinguished for excellence on the IBBY Honour List 2006.