Kate Quinn is a Southern California native. She obtained a bachelor's and master's degree in classical voice from Boston University. She has written three earlier books set in ancient Rome: Mistress of Rome, Daughters of Rome, and Empress of the Seven Hills, which have all been translated into several languages. She's also the author of The Serpent and the Pearl, a precursor to The Lion and the Rose and another story about the Borgia dynasty. Kate and her spouse live in Maryland.