Mary Bly is a Shakespeare professor and Chair of the English Department at Fordham University, as well as a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance novels under the pen name Eloisa James. She has published over 30 novels, translated in 26 languages, with sales worldwide of 7 million. She not only has a double life as a writer and professor, but also a double life as an author: her most recent novel as Eloisa, Wilde Child, was published last March, and her first novel as Mary, Lizzie and Dante, was published in July. She also wrote the New York Times bestselling memoir, Paris in Love, about the year her family spent in France. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Good Housekeeping, NPR, The Wall Street Journal,and The New Yorker. In 2013, she won the RITA Award, the romance industry’s top honor and in 2012, she was the first romance writer asked to give a talk at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. She lives in New York and Florence, Italy.