Originally from Pittsburgh, Bess Greenfield graduated from Cornell University and University of Pittsburgh School of Law. After a succession of jobs (cocktail waitress, receptionist, journalist, lawyer), she finally came to the realization that her true calling was writing historical romance. A lifelong fan of romance novels, she began compiling material by traveling extensively and independently in her early twenties. Looking back on her many narrow escapes from precarious situations, she marvels that she's still alive. But she has plenty of material. Now she saves her bold adventures for her heroines and hopes her three children will have more common sense. When she's not immersed in her imagination and history, she can often be found reading or hiking in one of Colorado's many mountains with her husband and the children (after some serious coaxing). Sometimes she even takes along her chocolate labrador, Houdini, who needs no coaxing at all.