Chad Taylor was born in 1964. He is the author of six novels and two collections of short stories. His second novel, Heaven, was made into a Miramax feature film, for which he wrote the screenplay. Shirker, his first book to be published outside New Zealand, has been translated into five languages. He lives and works in New Zealand, where he was awarded the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship for literature in 2001.