N. V. Baker is a former journalist and political science professor. Before turning to fiction, she published three books of non-fiction, two in the field of presidential/legal studies. Her debut novel, vanished., draws on an overland journey she took from Bangkok to London from 1978 to 1979. Her second novel, The Boy in the Suitcase, is the first of the Concealing Sea mystery series. With her partner, Peter, she continues to travel. They live in the high desert in New Mexico.