Kwei Quartey was born in Ghana and raised by an American mother and a Ghanaian father, both of whom were university lecturers. As a teenager, he got into serious trouble with the military government for putting up protest posters; after a stint in prison for "sedition," he left for the United States, where he has lived ever since. In 2008 he returned to Ghana for the first time and now visits frequently as research for his writing. A practicing physician, Quartey now lives and works in Pasadena. He writes in the morning before he sets off to work at HealthCare Partners, where he runs a wound clinic. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Wife of the Gods and Children of the Street.