Gus Henderson was born in Sydney in 1950. His people are from the Flinders Ranges region in SA, and he spent his early years with an aunty and uncle. Gus and his siblings grew up without any of their Aboriginal family, and were always told not to tell anybody. It has been a struggle over the years for him to construct a realistic heritage.
Gus describes his schooling as forgettable, and he joined the Australian Army in 1967. In 2014, he was the first student to graduate from Edith Cowan University South West Campus (WA) with a PhD in Writing. Gus is now retired. The Wounded Sinner is his first book.