to her family, Elizabeth Boyle has always been a storyteller.
That is if you count the far-fetched tales she used to make up
about her imaginary cow, John Clapper, or the fictitious accounts
she'd conjure as to who exactly broke the cookie jar. So it was
no surprise to them when Elizabeth's first novel, Brazen
Angel arrived on the scene with a great splash, snagging
the Dell Diamond Debut Award (snapshot of the winning
moment at left) and went on to win the Romance Writers of
America RITA for Best First Book.
Since then, Elizabeth has penned twenty more adventurous and
romantic novels, with seventeen of them hitting bestseller lists
including the New York Times (Confessions
of a Little Black Gown, Love
Letters from a Duke and Hero,
Come Back) and USA Today (including How
I Met My Countess, Memoirs
of a Scandalous Red Dress, and His
Mistress By Morning). In addition, Elizabeth has been
nominated for the RITA twice more since 1997 (This
Rake of Mine and His
Mistress by Morning), won the Romantic Times
Love and Laughter Award, a Career Achievement Award for Innovative
Historical Romance, and been nominated for the National Reader’s
Choice Award, numerous Romantic Times awards, the Bookseller’s
Best award, as well as other honors. 18 of her 19 novels have
been Romantic Times Top Picks. Elizabeth has been interviewed
by The Chicago Tribune and Booklist, and seen
her books mentioned in Writer’s Digest and The
Economist. Elizabeth is a popular speaker, and was honored
to keynote the Portland Reader’s Luncheon and the
Richardson Library's Buns and Roses Reader Tea, both
in support of literacy charities.
Her numerous fans call her work "fast-paced" and "tremendously
fun," with the most common complaint being that her books
have kept them up too late at night reading. Her most recent Avon
titles include the back to back releases of How
I Met My Countess (January 2010), Mad
About the Duke (October 2010) and Lord
Langley is Back in Town (June 2011). Her Rhyme with Love series started off with the runaway bestseller, Along Came a Duke, and now continues with her latest release, And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake.
Prior to publishing, Elizabeth discovered that aspiring writers
still had to eat and pay their rent while following their muse.
Working as a paralegal, she compiled case profiles on insurance
fraud (arsons, faked burglaries, faked accidents) and police misconduct
cases (assaults by officers, shooting inquests). Eventually she
was offered a position with a software firm as a paralegal handling
software piracy cases in North America. During her time "pirate
hunting" she participated in civil and criminal seizures
with the FBI, US Customs and the Canadian RCMP. After years of
these modern day adventures, it is no wonder that counterfeiting,
forgery and espionage find their way into her page-turning tales
of romance, which she now writes full-time.
In addition to writing, Elizabeth loves gardening, knitting,
reading, traveling, exploring tea shops and trying to find low-fat
recipes that taste like something her grandmothers would have
made. When not writing, Elizabeth chases after her two active
sons, or as she likes to call them, her "heroes-in-training."
She lives in Seattle with her husband Terry, and considers her
hectic life the best slice of heaven one could ever wish for.