Hazel Iris Wilson was born on 30 May 1900 in Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK, daugther of Annie Margaret and Cecil Wilson, a businessman. She had two eldest brothers. In 1926, she married the Scottish Eric Elrington Addis (1899-1941) , a naval officer. By her husband's job, the couple lived in New Zealand until his retirement in 1928. They moved to Norfolk, where they had their two children: Valerie A. in 1929 and Jeremy Cecil in 1931, before moved to Charlwood. Her husband studied law and worked to the Admiralty bar. She started to wrote novels under the pseudonyms Hazel Adair, H. I. Addis and A. J. Heritage, and later her husband also under the pseudonym of Peter Drax. During the World War II her husband rejoined the Navy, and the family returned to New Zealand. Her husband was killed during the war in 1941. She and her children returned to England, where she finally settled in Stowmarket, where she died on 1 October 1990, at 90.