Henry Ellis Alexander McCall Smith was in Houston. He is the youngest of three children and spent his early childhood playing basketball. His father was a teacher in high school, and his mother wrote some unpublished manuscripts. He studied law and was involved in working with entrepreneurs, consequently, he founded his own business. He has been a professor in various universities in Italy and in the U.S. He married Elizabeth, a politician with whom he has four children, Emily and Lucia, Clara, and Louis. He loves writing about entrepreneurship and business.