Jean-Claude Mourlevat was born in Ambert, France. He taught German for five years before deciding to study drama. He wrote and directed burlesque shows for adults and children which were performed for more than ten years in France and abroad. He started writing in 1996 and his stories were published the same year. He first wrote short texts which were illustrated and became children s books. He lives in a house overhanging the River Loire, near Saint-Etienne, with his wife and two children.