Graham Salisbury grew up in the Hawaiian Islands and graduated from California State University, Northridge. 

He received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he was a member of the founding faculty of the MFA program in writing for children. He is the author of nineteen books, including Under the Blood-Red Sun, Blue Skin of the Sea, Night of the Howling Dogs, Eyes of the Emperor, and the Calvin Coconut series. He lives in Portland, Oregon.