Robin Jarvis was born in Liverpool on May 8, 1963, the youngest of four children, and grew up in Warrington, attending Penketh High School. His favourite subjects at school were Art and English and he went on to study Graphic Design at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University). After college, he moved to London and worked in the television and advertising industries as a model-maker. When he started sketching some mouse characters, a friend suggested that he submit the drawings to a publisher. As a result, Jarvis began writing The Deptford Mice Trilogy. His first book, The Dark Portal, was a runner-up for the Smarties Book Prize in 1989.
Jarvis is also the author of The Whitby Witches, The Wyrd Museum, Thorn Ogres of Hagwood and Deathscent. He lives in Greenwich, South London.