I.J. Parker was born and educated in Europe and turned to mystery writing after an academic career in the U.S. She published her short stories in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, winning the short story Shamus award in 2000. The Akitada novels, a series about an eleventh century Japanese nobleman/detective, now consists of fifteen titles. The books are available in print, audio, and electronic formats. They have been translated into twelve languages. The short stories are available in electronic format and in a print anthology.