Dr G Thirumavalavan was born in 1940 in Thiruvathipuram (Cheyyaru). His parents, Pulavar K Govindan and Kannammal, raised him and his siblings in a loving environment, filled with Tamil, books and freedom. Dr G Thirumavalavan taught chemistry and later history at Tamil Nadu colleges. He married another bibliophile, Ms Nageswari, in 1968. They have three daughters (who heard these stories first). Dr G Thirumavalavan has published a number of articles and books on historical research, fiction, kids fiction and non-fiction essays (science, rationalism, contemporary events) in Tamil and English, in magazines and research journals. He hopes to continue writing, as it gives him solace and focus.