Ted Prior was born in Sydney in 1945 and spent much of his childhood in Kandos, New South Wales where he first fell in love with the Australian bush. At 16 he joined the New South Wales Police Force and at the age of 21 he left to study painting full-time at Sydney's National Art School. In 1975, he went to live on a small farm near Dorrigo in northern New South Wales. It was there he attempted self-sufficiency and created the character Grug, partly in response to the birth of his first two children. The first Grug book was published in 1979 and 30 have been published since then. During 1979 and 1980, he also worked in film animation and children's television.