Elizabeth Bevarly was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and earned her BA with honors in English from the University of Louisville in 1983. Although she can't recall ever wanting to be anything but a novelist--oh, all right, she toyed briefly with becoming an archaeologist, until she realized how awful she looked in khaki and flannel, and there was a brief fling with the interior decorator thing, until she realized she had trouble distinguishing chintz from moiré, and... (Where was I? Oh, yeah. My brilliant career.) Anyway, her career side trips before making the leap to writing included stints working as a bartender, a waitress, a movie theater cashier, a soap-hawker for Crabtree & Evelyn, an apparel hawker for The Limited, and a bridal registry consultant for a major department store. She also spent time as an editorial assistant for a medical journal, where she learned the correct spellings and meanings of a variety of words (like microscopy and histological) which, if there is a God, she will never, ever use again in this life.
Since selling that first book, Elizabeth has published more than forty novels and novellas. Her novels regularly appear on the USA Today and Waldenbooks bestseller lists, and have been nominated for a variety of industry awards (some have even won!). Her work has been published in twenty-two languages and more than thirty countries, and there are nearly seven million copies of her books in print worldwide. She has claimed as residences Washington, DC, northern Virginia, southern New Jersey and Puerto Rico, but she now resides back in Kentucky with her husband and son, where she fully intends to remain.