Fiona Neill was born in Hackney, London and grew up in rural North Norfolk. After getting a first class degree in Latin American Studies at Bristol University she went to work as a foreign correspondent in Central America for six years, mainly for Reuters. She returned to the UK as Assistant Editor of Marie Claire before joining The Times Magazine. She has written features for many publications, including  Intelligent Life, The Telegraph Magazine and The Times.

Fiona has written six best-selling novels: The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy, based on the characters in her longstanding column in The Times Magazine, Friends Lovers and Other Indiscretions, What the Nanny Saw, The Good Girl, and The Betrayals. She has written a screenplay based on first novel for Zephyr Productions and the BFI.