Marilynn Larew is a retired historian who taught for many years in the University System of Maryland. Besides American history, she taught the history of the Vietnamese war and the history of terrorism, topics she uses in her writing.  She lives in southern Pennsylvania in a 200-year-old brick farmhouse with her husband Karl, who is also a historian and author. Besides Aftermath, she has also written two volumes in the Lee Carruthers series, The Spider Catchers and Dead in Dubai.

She belongs to the Sisters in Crime, the Guppies, and the Chinese Military History Society.