Deborah Harkness grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and has lived in western Massachusetts, the Chicago area, Northern California, upstate New York, and Southern California.
For the past 28 years Deborah has been a student and scholar of history, and received degrees from Mount Holyoke College, Northwestern University, and the University of California at Davis. During that time she researched the history of magic and science in Europe, especially during the period from 1500 to 1700. The libraries she has worked in include Oxford’s Bodleian Library, the All Souls College Library at Oxford, the British Library, London’s Guildhall Library, the Henry E. Huntington Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Newberry Library --- proving that she knows her way around a card catalogue or the computerized equivalent. These experiences have given her a deep and abiding love of libraries and a deep respect for librarians. Currently, Deborah teaches European history and the history of science at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Her books include two works of nonfiction: JOHN DEE'S CONVERSATIONS WITH ANGELS: Cabala, Alchemy, and the End of Nature (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and THE JEWEL HOUSE: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution (Yale University Press, 2007). She has also received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the National Humanities Center, as well as accolades for her historical work from the History of Science Society, the North American Conference on British Studies, and the Longman’s/History Today Prize Committee.
In 2006, Deborah entered the world of blogging and Twitter. Her wine blog, Good Wine Under $20, is an online record of her search for the best, most affordable wines. These efforts have been applauded by the American Wine Blog Awards, Saveur.com, Wine & Spirits magazine, and Food & Wine magazine. Her wine writing has also appeared on the website Serious Eats and in Wine & Spirits magazine.
Deborah's career in fiction began in September 2008 when she began to wonder “if there really are vampires, what do they do for a living?” A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES is the unexpected answer to that question. The book debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, and was also a bestseller in the UK, France, and Germany. Thirty-eight foreign editions and translations will be published. The story of Diana and Matthew continues in SHADOW OF NIGHT (published in 2012, it debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list) and THE BOOK OF LIFE, the third book of the All Souls Trilogy.