Ratih Kumala was born in Jakarta, in 1980 and studied in Sebelas Maret University of Surakarta-Indonesia, majoring in English Literature. She is the author of six fictions; Tabula Rasa (novel), Genesis (novel), Larutan Senja (collected fiction), Kronik Betawi (novel), Gadis Kretek (novel), and Bastian dan Jamur Ajaib (collected fiction).
Not only books, she also writes screenplay for TV drama and wide screen movies. Gadis Kretek is now published in English –Cigarette Girl (GPU, Indonesia), and in German –Das Zigarettenmadchen (culturbooks publishing, German). Now she lives in Jakarta with his husband, Eka Kurniawan, who is also a writer, and their daughter Kidung Kinanti Kurniawan.