o Chumas was born in England in the 1960s. She has always loved writing. As a child, her diary was her constant companion, and writing in it was one of her favourite things to do. She grew up in Belgium and went to school there. On leaving university she decided to travel and after a spell of horrible jobs (waitressing, shop assistant, office clerk, cafe sandwich maker - all done to fund travel), she begged a newspaper editor to give her a job as a journalist. She worked on staff for a few years, went freelance to raise her two boys, then worked as a staff journalist again for a while before moving into public relations, as a freelance public relations account director specialising in international clients.