Susan Ottaway was born in Windsor, brought up in Egham and educated at Sir William
Perkins's Girls School in nearby Chertsey. The daughter of an aircraft engineer,
she has had a lifelong enthusiasm for aeroplanes and books. She worked for four different
airlines over a period of 20 years, mainly in the UK but also in Germany and Australia,
and wrote her first book, a biography of Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, before leaving
the world of aviation. She then worked as a freelance editor and has since written
six more books.