Daphne Clair, a.k.a. Laurey Bright, Claire Lorel, and Clarissa Garland, lives in New Zealand and has written fiction, poetry, and nonfiction all her life. She won her first literary award at the age of eight for a school essay and was commercially published at sixteen. Her romances number more than seventy. She writes short stories and historical novels under the name Daphne de Jong and has won several awards in New Zealand and America.