Frank Smith was trained as an agricultural scientist in the UK, moving to WA in 1974 and shortly afterwards began lecturing at WAIT (now Curtin University) in soils and agronomy.
In 1979 he joined the Agriculture Protection Board in charge of publications and media relations, studying part time for a degree in Journalism.
In 1992 he spent a year as a visiting professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Later he ran a small publication company with his wife Mary-Helen. He then began freelance writing, editing and book indexing. He has written articles for more than 40 magazines in four continents and indexed more than 20 books.
In 2007 he started writing for Have a Go News and gradually reduced his writing for other publications. He later took over the subediting, ensuring Have a Go News is consistent in style and highly readable.
He and Mary-Helen live in a passive solar home in the Perth Hills with a varying collection of quendas and native birds.