Mpho Otukile comes from Botswana, in the Southern part of Africa where she grew up listening to stories told by the village elders at night while sitting around an open fire. As much as she was entertained, these stories also instilled some moral lessons about life. The author now writes these stories to pass them to her daughter and other children.
She lives in Winnipeg with her husband and daughter. The Lion's Deceit is her first children picture book. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).