Khemachat (Khem Chutthong) grew up on the Mekong River in Nong Khai province of northeastern Thailand. After working as a civil engineer for many years, he took up writing, and in 2001, he won the Waen Kaeo award for the original Thai edition of Mekong Kids, the first in a trilogy. His second and third novels have each won two awards, in 2005 and 2008.