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About the Author
Biography
Eloisa James
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When I'm not writing novels, I'm a Shakespeare professor. It's rather like having two lives. The other day I bought a delicious pink suit to tape a television segment on romance; I'll never wear that suit to teach in, nor even to give a paper at the Shakespeare Association of America conference. It's like being Superman, with power suits for both lives. Yet the literature professor in me certainly plays into my romances. The Taming of the Duke (April 2006) has obvious Shakespearean resonances, as do many of my other novels. I often weave early modern poetry into my work; the same novel might contain bits of Catullus, Shakespeare, and anonymous bawdy ballads from the 16th century.

When I rip off my power suit, whether it's academic or romantic, underneath is the rather tired, chocolate-stained sweatshirt of a mom. Just as I use Shakespeare in my romances, I almost always employ my experiences as a mother. When I wrote about a miscarriage in Midnight Pleasures, I used my own fears of premature birth; when the little girl in A Wild Pursuit threw up and threw up, I described my own daughter, who had that unsavory habit for well over her first year of... View More

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Hobbies, Interests, and Enthusiasms
I just learned how to wind-surf! It's exhausting (think about balancing a full-grown human being on a surf board and then hauling up a heavy sail and mast), but utterly exhilarating.

I also love to cook. Every once in a while I post my favorite recipes on the Bulletin Board I share with Julia Quinn. Drop by and share your favorites, as well. We'd love to see you!

Education
Harvard University (AB)
Oxford University (MPhil)
Yale University (PhD)
Organizations
Awards & Honors
Romance Writers of America Veritas Award for the New York TImes Op-Ed "A Fine Romance," 2006
National Readers' Choice Award for Best Long Historical Romance, 2001
New York Romance Writers of America Author of the Year, 2006






Timeline
12/01/1999
My First Published Novel
After my joyous encounter with Judith McNaught's work, I thought I would try again to write a book. One of my orals topics for my Yale PhD exam was on the life of the Earl of Essex—a man who annulled his first marriage on the grounds of impotence. I thought that sounded like a humdinger of a plot. I had a sabbatical from my university to write an academic book, so I did that until 4:00 every day. From 4–5:00 I wrote what became my first published novel, Potent Pleasures (the name is a pun). It was a true pleasure. Umpteen years later, I'm still writing!
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What’s Next
December 27 The Duke Is Mine (my retelling of The Princess & The Pea ) He is a duke in search of a perfect bride.  She is a lady - but a long way from perfect. Tarquin, the powerful Duke of...View More

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Books
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