Jeff Horne was born in Gympie, Queensland. His family farmed dairy, beef, pork and small crops. Poultry were raised for household eggs and meat.
He was educated in small country schools, leaving after "Junior". He moved three hours away to Brisbane to work as a clerk for the Queensland Government.
He was conscripted into the army and served nearly a year in Vietnam.
He returned, got married then worked for the Forestry Department for over twenty years. His failing health caused him to try farming. After struggling with mental illness for most of those years, he put pen to paper.