Kurt Ellis was born in 1983 in Sydenham, Durban. He escaped into the world of fiction from an early age. After he matriculated Kurt moved to Johannesburg to study English Literature. He won the Harry Oppenheimer Creative Writing award at Wits in his first year, before pursuing a career in sales. He kept on writing through it all, and his dream is that one day his child would walk into a book store and see his name on the shelf or even in the R5 discount bin. He still lives in Johannesburg with his wife and daughter.