Zoë Rankin grew up in a rural Scottish village, and she now lives in New Zealand with her husband and baby daughter. After leaving school, Zoë spent ten years travelling back and forth between Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. During this time, she studied International Relations with Arabic at the University of St Andrews and completed a postgraduate diploma in education, which led to her becoming a teacher. Zoë’s stories about her travels have appeared in blogs and online magazines, and more recently, she started writing short stories. A selection of her stories have been commended and published, and she won the writing award at New Zealand’s international crime-writing festival.