Vivien Carmichael is the only daughter of Scottish parents. She was born and brought up in Brighton. She went to Varndean Grammar School for Girls and trained as a teacher at Manresa House, Roehampton, a branch of Battersea Teacher’s Training College. She spent a year living in Paris and then returned to London where she met and married her husband. She has two sons, Nick and James.
Vivien decided to attend Brighton University as a mature student when her youngest son went to school. She successfully gained a BA(Hons) degree in Library and Information Studies. Vivien worked for some years in special libraries in London but is now retired. She lives with her husband in Brighton.