Barbara G. Mertz has two children named
Elizabeth and Peter (hence, I assume, the reason behind
her most well known pseudonym, Elizabeth Peters!). She is a member, sometimes board member, of many
organizations to do with ancient Egypt. Under her own name
she is the author of at least 3 non-fiction books about Ancient
Egypt. As Barbara Michaels
she's written about 30 novels of suspense and as Elizabeth Peters
a further 30 or so mystery-suspense novels.