B. A. Austin is an independent art history lecturer with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Memphis. She has served as an adjunct professor of art history at the University of San Diego. In Europe she completed in-depth studies on a number of subjects including renaissance architecture, and she is proficient in French. After living in Tennessee, Maine and California, Ms. Austin created this memoir-style work of fiction based on her observations and impressions, capturing the nuance of each location along with its rich culture.