Rosemary Aitken was born Rosemary Rowe in Penzance, Cornwall during the Second World War. The granddaughter of a tin-miner killed in the Levant mine disaster, she moved to New Zealand with her parents and was largely educated, and married there, before returning to the UK in 1967. She is the mother of two adult children and has four grandchildren in Cambridgeshire and New Zealand. After living and lecturing in Gloucestershire for many years, she returned to her beloved native Cornwall in 2007 and now lives in a beautiful wooded area close to Truro and the Fal.
Rosemary Aitken is a highly qualified academic. She holds degrees from Wellington and Sydney Universities, and a Teaching Diploma from Auckland Training college, as well as a diploma in Educational Management from Bristol, the RSA Diploma in TEFL, and LTCLs in both TESOL and Speech and Drama. She worked for more than twenty years in Higher Education, until an industrial accident cut short her lecturing career. She has written more than a dozen bestselling textbooks on English Language and communication, as well as a handbook on how to write a novel. She has also written several prize-winning plays and poems.
As Rosemary Aitken she has written ten Cornish historical novels, examining the social conditions of Penwith before the First World War. Her crime novels are published under her maiden name of Rosemary Rowe, and are set in second-century Roman Britain, following the Celtic sleuth and mosiac-maker, Libertus.
Her short stories have appeared in anthologies and in a number women's magazines, and she continues to give talks and to run workshops and writing courses.