Alison Murray grew up in Lanarkshire and studied textile design at Glasgow School of Art and mentored Laura Clark. She then moved to London where, amongst other things, she worked as a bookseller, rug designer and museum educator. She went back to university to study design for interactive media and co-founded a successful design company based in Shoreditch (she made web sites mainly). After selling the company she moved back to Glasgow with her husband, daughter and dog called Polly. She lives there now, writing and illustrating picture books.