Bithia Mary Croker was born in Ireland in 1849, and educated in England and then in France. She married John Stokes Croker, an officer in the British Army, in 1871 and accompanied him on his postings abroad, spending fourteen years in India and Burma, the two countries where much of her fiction is set. They left India for the last time in 1892 and spent the remainder of their lives in England. She authored 42 novels, including Pretty Miss Neville (1883), The Cat’s Paw (1902), The Company’s Servant (1907), The Road to Mandalay (1917), and published seven collections of short stories including To Let, etc. (1893), Village Tales and Jungle Tragedies, etc. (1895), and The Old Cantonment and Other Stories of India and Elsewhere (1905).