Elizabeth Kostova (née Johnson) was born
in New London, Connecticut in 1964, and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
She graduated from Yale and holds an MFA from the University of Michigan where
she won the Hopwood Award for the Novel-in-Progress. The Historian
took her ten years to write, and
was inspired by the vampire
stories told to her by her
father, a professor of urban
planning, during the year they
spent in Ljubljana, capital of
Slovenia (where her father
taught at the university) when
she was seven, and as they
traveled through Europe.
She says, "I wondered whether this would make a good structure for a novel .... At the end of each of these tales, the young listener realizes that Dracula himself is listening to the story. Then I got the chills and immediately began working on the book." When asked about her ...