Elaine Forrestal grew up in country Western Australia, but has since travelled extensively and worked in Northern Ireland and France. Her books are translated into Italian, Slovenian and Korean. Until recently her novels have been best suited to a Middle and Upper Primary audience, but in 2008 her first picture book and her first adult/young adult books were published. Elaine now lives a five minute walk from Scarborough Beach. When she is not presenting writing workshops in schools or speaking at conferences she works from her home office/studio.