Born in 1942, Janette Turner Hospital grew up on the steamy sub-tropical coast of Australia in the north-eastern state of Queensland. She began a teaching career in the remote high schools there, but after graduate studies, she taught in universities in Australia, Canada, England, France, and the United States. At the University of South Carolina, she held the title of Professor and Distinguished Writer in Residence. She has published six novels and three story collections, winning numerous awards. Her work has been translated into twelve languages.