Dorothy Eden was born in a farming community near Christchurch, New Zealand, where she attended school. She worked as a legal secretary and published her first novel, The Singing Shadows, in 1940. She took a trip around the world before moving to England in 1954 to further her writing career. She was best known for her many historical, suspense, and Gothic novels. She also contributed short stories to magazines, including Redbook and Good Housekeeping. An Important Family (1982), her 43rd book, was published in the year of her death.