Liz Doran was born in Brisbane Queensland but was educated in Geelong Victoria, graduating from Deakin University in 1988. Much of her teenage years were spent in Torquay where she met her future husband who was working on an abalone boat as a sheller/deckhand for the legendary diver Gary ‘Ten Bins’ Watson. The many stories of the exploits of the abalone divers of the sixties and seventies sparked an interest in the history of the abalone industry. After travel, marriage and children and working at Deakin University in a research/editorial role, she was approached by Rhonda Whitton to research and co-author this book. She lives with her husband in Geelong when not on the island of Lesvos, Greece.