Annette Henderson was born and educated in Brisbane. Her love of remote travel and other cultures began in 1973, when she and her husband drove overland from Calcutta to London in a Kombivan. Two years later, working in an isolated mineral camp in Gabon, West Africa, close to the Congo, Annette’s lifelong love affair with Western Lowland Gorillas began. Inspired by her close interactions with the gorillas, she returned to Australia and took an Honours degree in Anthropology. She has taught in universities in Australia and Indonesia, and has worked as a middle manager in higher education for 17 years. She has been a full-time writer since 2005, and holds a Master of Philosophy in Creative Writing. Her first book, WILD SPIRIT How a year in the African rainforest changed an Australian woman’s life, was published in 2009 by Random House Australia. Annette’s wildlife articles and photographs have appeared in Wildlife Australia Magazine, and she actively supports great ape conservation. Annette has recently completed her second book, also set in Africa. For fun, she works out at a gym and romps with her dog.