Fridrik Erlings was born in Reykjavik in 1962. As a writer, screenwriter, graphic designer and musician, he has proved himself as one of the most famous and accomplished Icelanders of his generation. In 1986 he founded the alternative rock band The Sugarcubes with Einar Orn Benediktsson and Bjork before leaving music to pursue writing. Fridrik has written and translated numerous lyrics, written scripts for film and television as well as biographies and fictional work for people of all ages. Fridrik worked on a screenplay for the first feature length 3D-animation film made in Iceland as well as lecturing screenwriting at The Icelandic Film School.

Fridrik's books for young people include Benjamin Dove (1992), Fish in the Sky (1998) and Lesser Brethen (2000), which look at the transition between childhood and adulthood, approaching the complexity of moral choices in society, without offering simple solutions. Benjamin Dove is a coming-of-age story, which, since publication, has been translated into seven languages. It has also been made into a feature film (1995), which won awards at eight international film festivals. Benjamin Dove was translated into English by Anne Cecilia Benassi and published by Meadowside Children's Books in 2005, marking the beginning of Erlings' place in the cannon of English-language children's literature. Subsequently, in 2008, Meadowside also published Fish in the Sky, which was translated by Fridrik himself. Fish in the Sky is a powerful piece of literature, which endeavours to explore the juxtaposition of the teenage condition. Fridrik is currently translating Lesser Brethren, to be published by Meadowside in August 2010.

Fridrik lives in Eytarbakki, a small C19th village on the south coast of Iceland, where the ocean and the sky rule to magical effect; an earthly setting as close as possible to a writers' heaven.