Alfred Mielacher was born in 1956, the only son of an Austrian farmer. As a child, he was told that Gypsy blood ran through his veins. A century earlier, Gypsies on their annual return to help with farmwork during the summer months, had not only mended pots and pans but the daughter as well. After finishing his studies, he embarked on extensive voyaging to satisfy his inborn abenteuerlust, exploring what the big wide world had to offer in comparison to the small farming community he was born into. During his travels, he kept a journal of his experiences, which sparked a passion for writing. He currently lives near the Kruger National Park in South Africa.