Edith Zack was born in Slovakia in 1947 to Holocaust survivor parents and came to Israel with them in 1949. She holds a PhD in musicology from Bar- Ilan University together with Edinburgh University. Zack has lectured in the music departments of Bar-Ilan University and Beit Berl College, as well as giving music therapy in a number of frameworks for problem youth. As a scholar, she is an expert on women in music and the semiotics of music; she has given lectures in Oxford, the Sorbonne, Helsinki, Mexico, the USA, the Vatican, and has published articles in major professional journals. Travels with Vera is her first novel.