Romance author Sabrina Jeffries was born in New Orleans in 1958. Her parents became missionaries and most of her childhood was spent in Thailand. She received a doctorate in English literature from Tulane University with a specialty in Early Modern British literature. She is the author of The School for Heiresses series, The Hellions of Halstead Hall series, The Swanlea Spinsters series, The Royal Brotherhood series, and The Lord Trlogy. She also writes under the pen names Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas.