Sam F. Hutchins was born and grew up in London. She studied archaeology, ancient history and cultural studies at Exeter University, and has worked as a journalist, public relations officer, archaeologist and teacher. She is now a senior lecturer in English literature at Orleans University, France. She has published non-fiction work, a book called Boudica's Odyssey in Early Modern England (Ashgate, 2014), and a number of articles. She is married to an archaeologist. They have three daughters and live near Paris.