Ian Mackenzie was born in 1949 in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. He grew up in Johannesburg and was educated at Queen's College in Queenstown and Parktown Boys High in Johannesburg.
He studied business management and accounting after leaving school and moved to Rhodesia in 1975.
He Served with the Rhodesian military during the bush war from 1976 to 1980, where he met his wife Rosemarie Kennedy.
He has two sons in their 30s and currently lives with his wife in Johannesburg.
Clouds In The Wind is his first novel.