Helen Brain was born in Perth and grew up in Durban. She has written over 50 books for children and young adults, as well as a memoir for adults entitled Here Be Lions. Her teen novel, Tamara won an ATKV prize in 1998. She teaches part time at an international online writing college.
The Thousand Steps is the first title in Brain’s Elevation series, a fast-paced dystopian fiction trilogy set in a futuristic Cape Town.