I grew up in Philippi, West Virginia. In my early 20s I wrote for The Daily Athenaeum (West Virginia University's student newspaper) and The Charleston Gazette. I moved to London in 2000, and am now a dual citizen of the U.S. and UK. After a long hiatus, I began writing seriously again in the late 2000s, with help and encouragement from instructors on the continuing education faculty at Birkbeck College.

My surname is Brown. Del Col is my maiden name, and comes from the Friuli–Venezia Giulia region of Italy.