Debbie McCune was born in Belfast and grew up in Carrickfergus, a seaside town just north of the city. As a child she loved making up stories and even wrote some down, including a thriller about a stolen wallaby.

Debbie read Theology at Trinity College, Cambridge but mostly just read lots of books. She has enjoyed a ‘varied’ career but eventually settled on author, teacher and occasional radio rent-a-gob. She lives in Northern Ireland with her husband, daughter – and two cats with seven legs between them.