Cynthia Harrod-Eagles was born on August 13, 1948 in Shepherd's Bush, England. She studied English, history and philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and University College London. During her time at university she published her first novel, The Waiting Game and won the Young Writers' Award in 1972. After graduation she worked as sales manager for the Coca Cola Company in Edinburgh and a pensions officer for the BBC in London while writing part time. It wasn't until the birth of the Morland Dynasty series that she was able to become a full time writer. The series is a historical chronicle based around the Morland Family of York, England, starting in 1434 and continuing through the ages in thirty four different books, with the most recent book taking place in 1925. She is also the author of the award-winning Kirov Trilogy, which takes place across the Napoleanic invasion of Russia, the Crimean War, World War I and the Russian Revolution. Though primarily known as a romance writer (also writing under the pen names Emma Woodhouse and Elizabeth Bennet), Harrod-Eagles has penned 15 novels in the Bill Slider series, beginning with Orchestrated Death.