Daniel Pennac was born in Casablanca in 1944 in a French military family, and was raised in Africa and South-East Asia. He eventually became a French Literature teacher in Nice, in the South of France, and began writing children's books with Cabot Caboche, published in 1982. The idea to write thrillers came to him during a trip to Brazil. His first Malaussene novel came out 1985. Since then, Pennac has become a best-selling author and French literary phenomenon.