Patricia St. John (1919–1993) was born in England. In the early 1950s she went to Morocco where she served as a missionary nurse for twenty-seven years. She traveled in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, as the settings of her novels reflect. In 1977 she returned to England, where she cared for elderly relatives and ministered from her home to youths, single parents, and the elderly. Her books have been translated into numerous foreign languages.