Muriel Mharie Macleod was born and brought up in the Western Isles of Scotland. She graduated in Fine Art and is a distinguished artist and animation film producer. For nine years she was Director of the British Fulbright Scholars Association, and for twenty years illustrated articles for the Scottish edition of the Times Educational Supplement. She lived in the Caribbean for many years, where much of her inspiration comes from, and now lives in London, England. What the River Washed Away is her first novel.