Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland and wrote her first book aged 24. Her novel Hothouse Flower (also called The Orchid House) was selected for the UK's Richard and Judy Book Club in 2011 and went on to sell 2 million copies worldwide. She is a multiple New York Times bestselling author and her books have reached number one in a number of European countries. Her stories are currently translated into 28 languages and published in 38 countries. She lives with her husband and four children in the English countryside and in the South of France.