Jan-Andrew Henderson was born in Kirriemuir, in Perthshire. He studied Journalism at Napier University, and completed a Masters in English Literature and Philosophy at Edinburgh University. A series of varied jobs followed, in Scotland and in the USA, where he lived for seven years after a vacation there lasted rather longer than originally planned.
Henderson returned to Scotland in 1999 to set up Black Hart Entertainment in Edinburgh, a ghost- and history-tour guide company. Around this time he also started writing books; first history and ghostly non-fiction based around Edinburgh, such as The Town Below The Ground, The Ghost That Haunted Itself and Edinburgh: City of the Dead, and latterly children’s fiction (Secret City, Hunting Charlie Wilson).
His first novel for teenagers, Bunker 10, was published in 2007; his latest novel, Colony, was published in early 2009.