Susannah Bates was born in Suffolk in 1970. While reading English at Durham University, she co-wrote her first play, Smoke, for the Edinburgh Fringe, where it was nominated for the Guardian Student Theatre Award. She then went on to study law in London and qualified as a solicitor in 1997. She practised law in the City until she gave up to become a full-time writer. Her first novel, Charmed Lives, was published in 2001 and selected for the WHSmith Fresh Talent promotion. She is also the author of All About Laura and Honor & Evie. She is married with a young son and lives in London.