Brendan Lillis was born in Haslemere, in the county of Surrey, England, but he grew up in the neighbouring county of Hampshire. After studying management and business in London, Lillis began a successful career in sales and marketing. He worked for Beecham Group and Cadbury Schweppes Ltd., before founding Specialty Leisure Ltd. He brought the company to America in 1982, and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and Kinsale, County Cork, in Ireland. Atlin's Anguish is his first book.