Robin Maxwell grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey, graduated from Tufts University School of Occupational Therapy, and practiced in that field for several years before moving to Hollywood to become a parrot tamer, casting director and finally a screenwriter. Working for the major studios and networks she wrote comedy, drama and even feature animation for Disney. Her credits include "Passions", a CBS movie of the week, starring Joanne Woodward.
But somewhere along the line, the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and women "ahead of their time," became Maxwell's private obsession.
In April of 1997 her first novel, the award-winning SECRET DIARY OF ANNE BOLEYN was published and is now in its 25th printing. She followed with THE QUEEN'S BASTARD (1999), the Los Angeles Times bestseller VIRGIN, Prelude to the Throne (2001) and THE WILD IRISH (2003) that together form her "Elizabethan Quartet."
TO THE TOWER BORN (2005) took Maxwell back a century to delve into the lives of Elizabeth I's and Henry VIII's Tudor ancestors, and MADEMOISELLE BOLEYN (2007) into the fascinating childhood of the heroine who inspired her career as an author. With her seventh novel, SIGNORA DA VINCI, the author left England and Ireland behind to explore the Italian Renaissance. She remains in 15th century Florence for the upcoming O, JULIET, an imagining of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers.
The books have seen publication in England, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Portugal, Czech Republic, the Ukraine, Japan and all the Spanish-speaking countries in the world. Several books are in large print and audio format. She is busy adapting her novels for the screen.
Maxwell, who co-wrote and produced the children's video E-I-E-I YOGA, lives in the high desert of California with her husband, yogi Max Thomas and Cookie the Cockatoo.