Heather Taylor Johnson was born in the United States and has lived in Australia since 1999. Jean Harley Was Here is her second novel; her first was Pursuing Love and Death. She has published four volumes of verse and is the poetry editor for Transnational Literature. She is also the editor of the anthology Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain. Heather lives in Adelaide with her husband and three children.