J.A. BAKER was born and brought up in the north east of England and has had a love of language for as long as she can remember.

After gaining an MA in Education & Applied Linguistics with the Open University, she found herself with spare time and embarked on doing something she always wanted to do – write a novel.

Four years ago she moved to a village in County Durham and decided to use the area as inspiration for her debut novel, Undercurrent. Her house backs onto the river and a public footpath runs past the end of the garden. Therein the similarity ends!…

She has a love of local history and enjoys reading many genres of books but is an addict of psychological thrillers.

In December 2016 she was signed by Bloodhound Books who published Undercurrent. J.A. Baker has since had three other books published. Her fourth novel is due out in August and she is currently working on her fifth novel.

She has four adult children and a grandchild, and lives in a village near Darlington with her husband and dog.