Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is a British writer of romance and mystery novels. She normally writes under her own name but also uses the pseudonyms Emma Woodhouse and Elizabeth Bennett. Cynthia was born on 13 August 1948 at Shepherd's Bush, London, England and wrote her first novel in 1972 while still at university.
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles was born in Shepherd's Bush, London, England on 13 August 1948. She was educated at Burlington School, a girls' charity school founded in 1699. She then studied history, philosophy and English at the University of Edinburgh and University College London.
After leaving university, Cynthia had a variety of jobs in the commercial world, beginning as sales manager for the Coca Cola Company in Edinburgh, and ending as pensions officer for the BBC in London. She started writing at university and, while employed, wrote in the evenings and during the weekends.
The birth of The Morland Dynasty series enabled her to become a full-time writer in 1979. The series was originally intended to comprise 12 volumes but, as of 2015, the number of volumes has reached 35. She also writes the internationally acclaimed Bill Slider Mysteries.
Cynthia and her husband still live in London. They have three children. In addition to writing, her interests are, horses, wine, architecture, the English countryside, and music: she plays in several amateur orchestras.
Cynthia wrote her first novel while at university and in 1972 won the Young Writers' Award for The Waiting Game.
In 1993 she won the Romantic Novelists' Association Romantic Novel of the Year Award for Emily, the third volume of her Kirov Saga, a trilogy set in nineteenth century Russia.