Since receiving her bachelor's degree in Classics and Philosophy from St. John's College in Santa Fe, Hillary has cheerfully gone on to abuse the spirit of her education by pursuing an avid interest in romance and women's fiction. Soon after graduation in 1997, she completed her first novel, THE MAIDEN'S REVENGE, which St. Martin's Press published in January 2000. While continuing to work on various writing projects (including an article published in Cosmopolitan magazine in April of 2001 and numerous short stories and poems), she has held jobs from literary agent's assistant to morning receptionist, often fitting in love scenes between mass mailings and office faxes. She lives in New York City with her obligatory feline writing companion, and is currently at work on a new romance. HEART OF A LION is her third novel.