Isabeau Kelm, born in 1988, completed her Bachelor’s Degree programme in Art History at the University of Glasgow. She worked as a book binder in Oxford and studied an MA in Creative Writing at Teesside University, Middlesbrough. The author derives her ideas from her numerous travels and from her personal interest in her own biographical roots, but also from studying the turbulent history of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, which is closely connected to her family history. She also writes under the pseudonym "I.W. Zilke".