F.H. Batacan was born in Manila and graduated from the University of the Philippines with a BA in communications and an MA in art history. After ten years of working in the Philippine intelligence community, she turned to broadcast journalism.
Smaller and Smaller Circles, her first novel, won the prestigious Philippine National Book Award and is widely regarded as the first Philippine crime novel. It also won the Carlos Palanca Grand Prize for the English Novel in 1999, the National Book Award 2002 and Madrigal-Gonzalez Award in 2003.