Sally Garland was brought up in the small town of Alness in the Highlands of Scotland and studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She currently lives and works in Glasgow, with her partner and young son. Garland has loved drawing and has had a passion for children's literature and illustration since she was young. She now has many years of experience working as a children's illustrator. Her current influences include vintage picture book illustration from the 1950s and 1960s.