Carla van Raay was born into the Catholic south of Holland and emigrated to Melbourne, Australia with her family in 1950, when she was twelve. After an abusive childhood, she entered a convent at the age of eighteen. She finally left in 1969 when she was almost thirty-one. She married and had a daughter. When her marriage ended and she found herself alone and with a child to support, she turned to prostitution. Her bestselling memoir God's Callgirl is a heartfelt and gripping account of her life. Carla now lives in Perth, Western Australia where she continues to write.