Beverley Harper was born in Bulli on the New South Wales south coast. In 1967 she travelled to Africa, intending to spend one year. She stayed twenty, returning to settle in Australia in 1988. Despite loving the northern tablelands where she lived, the memories of Africa provided the inspiration for her best-selling novels and she went back to that continent for research purposes once a year. Married to Robert, they had three grown-up sons.