Robin Stewart was born in Melbourne. She trained as a primary school teacher and says she “possesses a strong affinity with children as well as animals and has enjoyed a long working relationship with both”. Robin and her husband lived for seven years on King Island, in Bass Strait, where they owned a sheep property and established a penguin-banding program on their coastline. They have also successfully bred Irish Setters and Great Danes. In 1990 the Stewarts moved to Victoria, where they own an Angus cattle stud. Robin combines her writing and love of animals with work as a literary tutor at TAFE College, Shepparton. Moonbird was published by UQP in 1995.