S.J. Rozan is the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series. Born and brought up in the Bronx, Rozan is an architect in a New York firm whose practice includes police stations, firehouses, zoo buildings, and the largest terra cotta restoration project in the world. A Knicks fan and a lousy but dogged point guard herself, Rozan has worked as a self-defense instructor, jewellry saleswoman and janitor. She has a BA from Oberlin College and a M.Arch from SUNY/Buffalo and lives in a tiny but sunny apartment in Greenwich Village.