John MacLeod was born in Lochaber in 1966. After graduating from Edinburgh University, he began his career at BBC Highland in Inverness and quickly established himself as a freelance writer. He won Scottish Journalist of the Year in 1991 and contributed regularly to "The Scotsman" and "The Herald." He is presently a columnist with the "Scottish Daily Mail" and is the author of several books. He lives on a croft on the west side of Lewis.