The story behind Sharon Kay Penman's first novel has become legendary. For many years while she was a student and then a tax lawyer, Penman slowly but steadily worked on a novel about the life of Richard III. After finishing the manuscript, however, her only copy was stolen from her car in a busy parking lot. Thankfully, Penman rewrote the entire novel that would become THE SUNNE IN SPLENDOUR. It was published in 1982. She then quit her job to write full-time. Penman is the author of five critically acclaimed historical novels, including HERE BE DRAGONS, THE RECKONING, and most recently, WHEN CHRIST AND HIS SAINTS SLEPT, and one medieval mystery, THE QUEEN'S MAN, a finalist for an Edgar Award for Best First Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America. She lives in New Jersey.
Sharon Kay Penman