Steven Horne was born in Queensland, Australia. He attended the Royal Military College and after graduation served as an officer in the regular army. His military service culminated in operational deployments to East Timor in 2000 with the UN peacekeeping force and to Bougainville in 2001 as a patrol commander with the multi-national force. He has since worked as a contractor in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. He is currently based in Dubai.