Maureen Mendelowitz was born and educated in Johannesburg, South Africa. She married, and she and her husband lived in Cape Town, where they brought up their three children. In 1997, they emigrated to Sydney to join their children and their families. Maureen has always enjoyed writing. She has gained recognition for her work in a number of short story competitions. This is her first novel, and her first attempt at having a work published. The Rock was judged third in a recent local literary competition.