Detty Goodey was born in Taranaki, New Zealand and lived there for a number of years until her family moved to Brisbane, Australia.
She finished school and university in Brisbane, completing a Communications degree in Film & Media Studies and Cultural Studies, before leaving to live and work in Scotland. There, she worked a number of jobs, including a stint as a professional cupcake baker.
For the past 10 years, she has worked with babies and toddlers in a multilingual crèche in Frankfurt. She also works as an English tutor for high school students, as an editor for university students.
She is passionate about creating an atmosphere where children can express their creativity and individuality, be it through artistic endeavors, gender expression, or creative writing.