Graeme Aitken was born and raised in Central Otago, New Zealand but lives in Sydney, Australia where he works as a bookseller. Vanity Fierce is his second novel. His first novel Fifty Ways of Saying Fabulous was published in Australia, the UK and the U.S.A. It was also adapted as a feature film in New Zealand and was released in 2005. Graeme is also the editor of The Penguin Book of Gay Australian Writing.