Children’s fantasy author Lari Don was born in Chile, and travelled widely in South and Central America as a child, before her family settled in North East Scotland. She lived in Tain, Innerleithen and Dufftown, and went to Speyside High School. She studied at Glasgow University, then became a Press Officer for the SNP. Later, she worked as a researcher and producer for BBC Radio Scotland.
Although she had been writing for a while, her first success came in 2001 when she won the Canongate Prize for her short stories, which were written for adults. Her first children’s book, First Aid For Fairies, was published in 2008 and won a Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children’s Books a year later. Since then she has written three other fantasy novels, most recently Rocking Horse War, as well as a version of Robert Burns’s Tam O’Shanter. She has also written picture books for pre-school children, such as The Big Bottom Hunt.
Lari Don now lives in Leith in Edinburgh with her two children, and is a full time author and storyteller.