Orna was born in Israel, but spent most of her childhood in South Africa. Starting out as a journalist and translator, she did her MA in TESOL in New York and then taught for almost twenty years at Tel Aviv University, before leaving to write full time. She has a PHD in Comparative Literature. Three former novels have been published in Israel in Hebrew. The Pink Balloon is the first book she’s written in English and is the result of a lengthy spiritual journey. Orna lives in Jaffa with her partner and son in an ancient well-house they are still lovingly restoring.