Tess Stimson is the author of ten novels, including top-ten bestseller The Adultery Club, and two non-fiction books, which between them have been translated into dozens of languages.
Her first "proper" job after graduating from St Hilda's College, Oxford (where she read English) was as a news trainee with ITN (Independent Television News).
She reported and produced regional and world stories, travelling to hotspots and war-zones all over the globe.
She left ITN and moved to Cyprus to write her first book, Yours Till the End, the biography of Beirut hostage Jackie Mann. In 1993, her first novel, Hard News, set in the world of TV news, was published and became an instant best-seller.
In 1997, Tess moved to Beirut, Lebanon, reporting on the Middle-East for CNN, BBC, Sky and other networks, and writing for a host of newspapers and magazines including the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Daily Express, The Times, You and Glamour.
In 2002, she was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Florida and moved to the US. She later left USF to return to full-time writing and journalism, and now lives in Vermont with her husband, Erik, their three children, and (at the last count) two cats, three fish, one gerbil and a large number of bats in the attic.