Patricia Miles was born on September 8th 1930 in Lancashire, England. From an early age she knew that she wanted to write for young adults. She studied Latin, Greek, and Ancient History at Somerville College at Oxford. Shortly after graduating, she married and began her writing career in Rome, where her husband worked as a translator for an Italian publisher. She also taught English and French. She began writing her first novel, Nobody’s Child, shortly after she and her husband settled in Hertfordshire, England, where she still lives.