Lois Nicholls was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. She migrated to Brisbane, Australia in 1997 with her husband and firstborn son. She is a former newspaper and magazine journalist, gardener, furniture fixer-upper, spontaneous entertainer, bargain hunter, wife and mother of three grown children. She loves animals, humans and if she had her way would be living on a country smallholding (romantic barn included) with a couple of chickens and two Golden Retrievers. Her first book, "Aussie, Actually," captures her heartfelt experiences as a South African migrant living in Australia. Her most recent book, "Bye-bye Bikini," published in August 2018, is a series of frank and humorous columns navigating everyday life from the perspective of a fifty-something former newspaper and magazine journalist.