Rosamunde (nee Scott) Pilcher was born in Lelant, Cornwall, on September 22, 1924. Following her education at St. Clare's Polwithen and Howell's School Llandaff, she attended Miss Kerr-Sanders' Secretarial College. She served with the Women's Royal Naval Service 1943-46. She married Graham Hope Pilcher on December 7, 1946, she was 22. In 1996 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary! They have four grown children, oldest son, Robin, daughters Fiona and Philippa (aka Pippa) and second son, Mark.
Rosamunde got her start in 1949 as an author of Mills and Boon romances, under the name Jane Fraser. She published 10 novels using that pen-name. Her first novel as Rosamunde Pilcher, A SECRET TO TELL, was published in 1955. In 1965 she began to use her own name full time.