Virginia Henley, born in Bolton, England, is the New York Times bestselling author of over twenty-five historical romance novels. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times and a Maggie Award for Excellence from the Georgia Romance Writers. In addition, she has won Romantic Times Awards for Best Elizabethan Historical Romance, Most Sensual, and Best English Historical Romance. Some of her works include Undone, Enslaved, The Pirate and the Pagan, and a number of successful series. She lives with her husband in St. Petersburg, Florida.