Orr moved to Australia at the age of 21 and now lives in Victoria, on the Mornington Peninsula on a few acres of bushland. She has previously worked as an occupational therapist. In 1991 Orr suffered terrible injuries including a broken neck and two broken ankles when her car was hit by a car travelling at high speed. She spent the next five years dealing with the pain and walking with a cane. It took 15 years to recover but now she is well again. She says, " Readers borrow courage and resilience from books.” Qualities Orr has displayed herself creating a huge body of work during her recovery.