A Ph.D. in medieval history from Columbia University led Carolly Erickson to six years as a college professor, then to a career as a full-time writer. Her many prize-winning biographies, including The First Elizabeth, Her Little Majesty and Alexandra, have reached a wide international audience. The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette is her first novel. Her second, The Last Wife of Henry VIII, will be published by St .Martin's Press in fall 2006. Carolly Erickson lives in Hawaii.