Neil Grant was born in Glasgow, Scotland in The Year of the Fire Horse but was prevented from sounding like Billy Connolly for the rest of his life when he came to Australia at age thirteen. His earliest influence was Dr. Seuss whose poetic vision and imaginative wherewithal has remained with him to this day.  

He has backpacked, bussed and blundered through India, Yugoslavia, the United Kingdom, Israel, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and paid for these expeditions with a series of unlikely occupations. At various times of his life he has been an instrument steriliser, a cook, a brickie's labourer, a roof-tile reclaimer, a carrot picker, a tree planter, but he has always been a writer.

Rhino Chasers - the story of three young guys on surfari across the broad foot of Australia - was published in 2002 by Allen & Unwin and is being developed as a feature film. Neil's second novel - Indo Dreaming - charts the progress of Rhino Chasers' Goog as he travels through Indonesia in search of his dead friend. Indo Dreaming was shortlisted for the Melbourne Prize Best Writing Award in 2006 and the Queensland Premiers' Literary Award in 2005.

The Australia Council for the Arts awarded him a grant in 2005 to write a novel about the refugee situation in Australia. The story is set mainly in suburban Melbourne and Bamiyan, Afghanistan and centres on two young men one of whom is an Afghan asylum seeker. Neil travelled to Afghanistan in 2009 to research The Ink Bridge which was published in March 2012. The Ink Bridge was a CBCA Honour Book in 2013 and won a Queensland Literary Award in 2012. Neil and editor, Jodie Webster, also won the FAW Barbara Ramsden Award in 2012 for their collaboration on The Ink Bridge.

Neil is committed to producing quality writing for young people and believes this to be the most rewarding and challenging of all writing occupations.

Neil lives at the foot of the Dividing Range outside Melbourne. He dreams of the ocean and wakes with salt in his eyebrows.