According 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). Elizabeth’s latest Rhymes with Love book, the Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane has garnered numerous awards and is currently nominated for the Nancy Pearl Award for Genre Fiction. Her newest release, The Knave of Hearts, is the fifth book in her wildly popular, Rhymes with Love, series, It is also her 20th book with Avon Romance.
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.