Pauline Mackay was born in Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland. After studying English and French at Glasgow University, she went to teach English in Poland where she took the opportunity to learn Polish and a little Russian. Back in Scotland, several years were spent in a family retail business before Pauline set up a children's bookselling business which specialised in bilingual books. In 2007 she established Ablekids Press to produce children's books and promote language-learning.
Norman Newton was born in Glasgow, spent his teenage years in New Zealand, went to college and university in the USA, and returned to Scotland in 1971 to work in Glasgow University Library, then in public libraries in Argyll and Inverness. He has written many books on Scottish islands and more recently on the local history of Inverness, with current projects on the Victorian Market, Inverness Klondykers in the Yukon, and the Cameron Highlanders statue in Station Square. He has also explored the often bewildering and bizarre history of his own family. He is looking forward to the lifting of quarantine and to getting back into the Scottish hills.