Marian Babson was born in Salem, Massachusetts, but has lived in London for the greater part of her life. She has worked as a librarian, managed a campaign office and was co-editor of a knitting machine magazine. A long sojourn as a temp sent her into the heart of business life all over London - from the British Museum to a Soho club. She has served as secretary to the Crime Writers' Association. She is now a full-time writer and her many interests include theatre, cinema, cooking, travel and, of course, cats.