Mary Lancaster was born in Scotland and graduated with honours from the University of St. Andrews. Her degree is in history, the subject which remains the chief inspiration for her writing. Since then, she has worked or studied in Wales, Glasgow, London and Edinburgh, before eventually settling on the Fife coast, where she still lives with her husband and three young children.
Despite having earned a living over the years as Editorial Assistant, Researcher and Librarian, Mary Lancaster has managed to retain her love of books, particularly old and dusty ones. Her interest has always extended to writing them - though, for many years, only for her own amusement.