Bestselling author Claire Delacroix (Claire Cross) always loved stories, both telling them and hearing them. She sold her first romance novel - a medieval, THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE - in 1992 and has been happily writing romances ever since. THE BEAUTY, part of Claire's bestselling 'Bride Quest' series, was her first title to land on the New York Times Extended List of Bestselling Books. Claire makes her home with her family, a number of incomplete knitting projects and a lot of overgrown houseplants. She loves to travel, to cook, to ride her bike and to read. She frequently teaches workshops to writers' groups. Claire also writes romances as Claire Cross and as Deborah Cooke.