Lukas Hartmann was born in Bern in 1944. He worked as a teacher and later studied German literature and psychology, after which he became a youth counsellor, editor at radio SRF, journalism teacher, director of writing workshops and media consultant. His many travels have led him through India, South America and Africa. Today he works as an independent writer and lives in Spiegel, near Bern. He writes books for adults and children.