Justin D'Ath was born in New Zealand, and is one of twelve children. He came to Australia in 1971 to study for missionary priesthood, leaving after three years. He then spent two years roaming Australia on a motorbike and writing for motorbike magazines. He published his first novel for adults in 1989, followed by numerous award-winning short stories, also for adults. Justin has worked in a sugar mill, on a cattle station, in a mine, on an island, in a laboratory, built cars, picked fruit, driven forklifts and taught writing for twelve years. He wrote his first children's book in 1996.