Lucinda Riley is an Irish author of popular historical fiction and a former actress. She wrote her first book aged 24. Her novel 'Hothouse Flower' (also called 'The Orchid House') was selected for the UK's Richard and Judy Bookclub in 2011 and went on to sell 2 million copies worldwide. She is a multiple New York Times bestselling author and has topped the bestseller charts in four European countries. She lives with her husband and four children on the North Norfolk coast in England and in the South of France.