For the first 18 years of her life Nicola lived in Yorkshire, within a stone's throw of the moors that had inspired the Bront� sisters to write Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. One of her grandfathers was a poet, and her family contained teachers and avid readers who filled the house with books. With such a background it was impossible for Nicola not to become a bookworm.
Nicola went to school in a historic building that had originally been the dower house of a stately home. It was the sort of school that taught girls how to find a rich husband and how to get in and out of a Rolls-Royce gracefully.
Unfortunately Nicola did not pay enough attention to the bit about the rich husband and has therefore never had the chance to practice the bit with the Rolls- Royce. She was too busy reading. It was also at school that Nicola developed her love of history, English literature, and French, due to some truly inspirational teachers.
Meanwhile, Nicola spent her evenings reading piles of romances and historical novels and watching costume dramas with her grandmother. Her grandparents were very influential to her and also taught her canasta, ballroom dancing, and how to grow rhubarb, all of which she is determined to incorporate in a historical romance one day.
At 18 Nicola went south to study history at London University and during her holidays did a variety of jobs, from sticking price tags on shoes in a factory to serving refreshments on a steam railway. When she left college she had to settle for something far less interesting in order to earn a living and worked as an administrator in a number of different universities. She moved to Somerset and livedfor seven years in a cottage haunted by the ghost of a cavalier.
Nicola met her future husband while she was at university, although it took her four years to realize that he was special and more than just a friend. Her husband, being so much more perceptive, had worked this out much sooner but eventually an understanding was reached.
This lack of perception also meant that Nicola did not realize for years that she was meant to be a writer. She wrote bits and pieces of novels in her spare time but never finished any of them. Eventually, she sent in the first three chapters of a Regency romance to Mills and Boon and, although they were rejected, she found she had become so addicted to writing that she could not stop. Happily, her third attempt was accepted and she has never looked back.
Nicola loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via her web site, http://www.nicolacornick.co.uk.
Joanna was born in Scotland, of Scottish/Irish extraction and was educated in Glasgow. She studied modern languages and history at Glasgow University, including a year in France as an English-language assistante, and a semester at a university in Germany. During those periods she was introduced to French eating habits and German beer-drinking--as well as niceties of the languages--and developed an enduring fondness for both countries.
When Joanna left university in the late '60s, there were few real opportunities for a career-minded female--equal opportunity law was some years off. She became a graduate trainee for a small manufacturing company where she soon specialized in finance and systems, but could not, as a woman, achieve her ambition of becoming a manager of people. She solved that problem by winning a commission in the Royal Air Force--where she could.
After her marriage, she resigned from the RAF and returned to civilian life, first as a systems analyst, and later as a civil servant, commuting daily to London. Her work there was varied and fascinating and involved considerable travel in Europe and the Far East, as well as large sums of public money! She also spent a period as chief executive of a charity, using her management skills to reorganize and refocus it, and newly acquired PR skills to push its message on radio and in print. Since 1996, Joanna has been working for herself as a part-time business consultant, in order to enjoy family life and to make time for her writing and voluntary work.
Joanna and her husband live in southern England, though they are planning to move farther north. Now that their son and daughter have grown up, the couple are enjoying the freedom to travel the world, at whatever time suits them best. Trips are planned for several years hence. In between, Joanna enjoys reading, music, gardening, needlework, and walking, especially in countryside that reminds her of her native Scotland.
Joanna started writing for her two children when they were small, and then progressed to writing adult fiction, mainly historical. She finds the research absorbing and has become a part-time history student at the local university. Her short stories have been published under various pseudonyms in literary and women's magazines.
Elizabeth Rolls was born in Kent, but moved to Australia at the age of fifteen months. She has lived in Australia ever since, except for a few years in Papua New Guinea as a child. Elizabeth taught music for several years and took a masters degree in musicology. Alternating between Melbourne and Sydney for a while, Elizabeth and her husband have fled the city for five acres surrounded by apple and cherry orchards in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. They share this paradise with their two sons, three slightly demented sheep, four alpacas and a collection of cats and dogs, as well as a colony of bats who reside in the air vents of Elizabeth's study. Elizabeth loves to hear from readers and can be contacted at email@example.com