Alex Palmer was born in London in 1952. Her father abandoned her family when she was very young and they left England when she was five to live variously in South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia, arriving in Sydney in the late 1960s. Here, she studied English literature and language at Macquarie University and later sat for a postgraduate Diploma in information management at the University of New South Wales. Alex has traveled extensively in Australia and in Asia, Europe, Britain and North America. After a working life which has ranged from occupations as diverse as geriatric nursing to automated systems design, she now writes full time. She is married and lives in Canberra.