Esther Kofod was born in Singapore to a Chinese mother and a Swiss father. After completing her studies in Singapore and Switzerland, Esther attended university in the United States. She then returned to Singapore and worked for an international advertising company as copywriter and creative director. Esther was married to the Foreign Advisor to Muammar Gaddafi and Chairman of the Strategic Studies Center in Tripoli, Libya. They lived in Libya for five years before being forced to leave for political reasons. The Libyan, a memoir, is her debut novel. Kofod resides in the United States with her husband.