Barbro Karlén was born in Sweden in 1954. Her first book, published when she was 12, became the bestselling poetry book of all time in Sweden. Over the next 5 years, 9 further volumes of her prose and poetry were published. She worked as a mounted policewoman for 18 years, and has trained and competed in dressage for over 30 years. She keeps a horse in Surrey, England, and visits regularly for training and competitions.