Laura Joh Rowland is the author of the Sano Ichirō series.
She was born in 1954 in Michigan and is the granddaughter of Chinese and Korean immigrants. She studied at the University of Michigan microbiology before becoming an author by accident as she said herself.
Beside the Sano Ichirō mysteries she has also written The Secret Adventures of Charlotte Brontë and The Further Secret Adventures of Charlotte Brontë. Based on the life of Charlotte Brontë author of Jane Eyre.