Ben McPherson was born in Glasgow and grew up in Edinburgh, but left Scotland when he was eighteen. He studied languages at Cambridge, then worked for many years in film and television in London.
In 1998, after working a forty-eight-hour shift, he went for a drink at the Coach and Horses in Soho and met the woman he would go on to marry. Similarities to the characters in A Line of Blood end there.
Ben McPherson worked for the BBC as a producer for many years. He covered the Anders Breivik trial in 2011, and has a keen interest in the psychology behind family relationships.
Ben now lives in Oslo with his wife and their two sons. He is a columnist for
Aftenposten, Norway's leading quality daily newspaper.