Franc (Feri) Lainšček (b. 1959) in a Slovene Lutheran family in the village of Dolenci (part of Šalovci), in northeastern Slovenia, then part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. He studied journalism at the University of Ljubljana. In the 1980s, he worked as a speaker at Radio Ljubljana. Since the 1990s, he has been living and working in the town of Murska Sobota in his native Prekmurje region.
In 2007, he wrote the screenplay for the film Petelinji zajtrk (Rooster's Breakfast), the most successful Slovenian film to date. The screenplay of the film is based on one of Lainšček's novels.
Lainšček has also created works in Prekmurje Slovene, professed a Prekmurje identity, and claimed that the Prekmurje dialect is a distinct language.