Jean Grant was raised in Montreal, Canada, attending both English and French schools. After graduation from the University of British Columbia, she had her first expatriate experience as she spent a year studying in Bordeaux. There she fell in love with everything French, especially the cheeses and the desserts. Since then she has traveled to more than sixty countries.
She taught in Cairo, Egypt, and then in Lebanon at the American University of Beirut until the Civil War. When her seven-year old sauntered into “Sniper Land” to collect bullets for his collection, she left for France. A year later, she set off for Saudi Arabia where she reported for Arab News, the major English daily. She interviewed women, who were “off-limits” to her male colleagues. She specialized in profiles of ordinary people: merchants, camel drivers, beauticians, oilmen, artists, and educators.