Russ Swan was born in Longreach, central Queensland of Australia. In his younger days, Russ worked in sheep-shearing sheds and a law-courts office. He was called up for National Service and served in the Vietnam War, then continued an Army career. After his discharge he drove taxi-cabs for a while before joining the Northern Territory Police where he still works.
Russ is a cruising sailor with several voyages completed in Australian and Indonesian waters. He is also a freelance travel-writer and author having published magazine articles and another book A Tanimbar Experience. A third book is currently being written as a sequel to Lowana Comes to Darwin and books on other voyages are also planned.
Russ now lives in Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia, from where he regularly sails off into the sunset.