Coral Atkinson was born in Dublin, Ireland and came to New Zealand with her family as a girl. She has worked as a secondary school teacher, an educational journalist and in book publishing. She currently tutors part-time on the Whitireia Community Polytechnic publishing course.
Coral has had fiction published in New Zealand, Ireland and England
and won and been short-listed for a number of short story competitions. In 2005 her first historical novel, The Love Apple, appeared and was followed in 2006 by The Paua Tower; both published by Random House. Her picture book on New Zealand history, Magic Eyes: I Spy New Zealand History, was published by Reed in 2006. Her junior historical novel, Copper Top, published by DancingTuatara appeared in 2009.
Coral has also written adult non-fiction and has published various articles, essays and educational texts.
She lives in Governors Bay on Lyttelton harbour.