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Jennifer Lee Carrell

Jennifer Lee Carrell Biography

Jennifer Lee Carrell was born in 1962, in Washington, D.C., but she grew up in Arizona. She has a Ph.D. in English from Harvard, along with undergraduate degrees from Oxford and Stanford. She was first pulled into studying literature by the Arthurian legend, and later by Norse sagas, Tolkien, and Shakespeare. It's something of a surprise to find myself writing thrillers. Before she began to write books full time, she taught literature and writing at Harvard. Later, she was the classical music critic for the Arizona Daily Star. She has also written a number of pieces for the Smithsonian Magazine. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband and daughter.

Her first book, The Speckled Monster, is what you might call a non-fiction thriller about smallpox, set in 1721. USA Today praised it as being written "in a compelling, almost novelistic, voice." Her second book—but first novel—has become an international bestseller, translated into 28 languages. It's called Interred with Their Bones in the U.S. and The Shakespeare Secret in the UK and many other countries. Her newest book is titled Haunt Me Still in the U.S. and The Shakespeare Curse in the UK. Italy has called it Il Sangue che Resta, or The Blood That Remains.

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