Helen Brain was born in 1960 in Australia, and grew up in Durban, South Africa. She has published over 50 books for children and young adults, as well as a memoir. She has worked as a crafter, school teacher and freelance journalist. She now teaches creative writing through an international online writing college. She lives in Cape Town, in a house overlooking a vlei, with her husband and their three dogs and in her spare time plays the piano, sings and makes toys out of old socks.