Carol Owens, the author of The Fifth Day of Christmas, lives in Milton Keynes in England with her husband. She has three adult children. Carol has worked as playleader in a pre-school and a special needs welfare assistant in a middle school in a fairly deprived area. As a mature social sciences student she wrote a dissertation about prisoners'' families, comparing the English and Swedish systems. For the last eight years she has been running her own childcare business. She has a good understanding of the problems that children face and how adult behaviour affects them in ways beyond their control which is reflected in this story.