I. J. Parker
Who is I. J. Parker?
She was, until retirement, Associate Professor of English and Foreign Languages at Norfolk State University in Virginia. Writing detective mysteries set in ancient Japan was an incidental result of initial research into 11th century Japan out of professional interest in Japanese literature of the era. She was also influenced by the Judge Dee mystery series written by the noted orientalist and diplomat Robert van Gulik.
She has written several Sugawara Akitada novels, but the series' first publisher decided to change the order of publication of the novels instead of following internal chronology. She switched to Penguin in 2004 with the agreement to publish the novels in internal chronological order, which is: The Dragon Scroll, Rashomon Gate, Black Arrow, Island of Exiles, The Hell Screen, The Convict's Sword.