Dan Donoghue grew up in country Queensland, receiving his primary education in small one-teacher schools and completing his secondary education at boarding school in Cairns. He went on to gain a Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Queensland, and spent many years teaching English in Queensland schools. He began writing novels as a progression from his love of reading, and as a form of stress management. He has always been fascinated by the possibility of mind powers beyond the norm and much of his writing reflects this. Most of his working life was with young adults and as he believes that the later teens can be the most exciting and formative time in a person's life it is of those he loves to write.