Lisa Kleypas is the author of fifteen historical romance novels that have been published in twelve languages. In 1985 she was named Miss Massachusetts and competed in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, winning a talent award for singing an original composition. After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, she published her first novel at age twenty-one. Her books have appeared on bestseller lists such as the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Waldenbooks. In 1998 her novel "Stranger In My Arms" was give the Waldenbooks Award for greatest sales growth. Lisa's 1999 release, "Someone To Watch Over Me" won the Romance Journal's Francis award, and the book has also been named a Rita finalist for Best Short Historical. Lisa is married to Gregory Ellis, a vice-president at Ultra Violet Systems Inc., and together they have one son, Griffin. Although Lisa has less time for her hobbies these days, she still loves playing her guitar, cooking, and working in the garden.