Madeline Porter and Shannon Harper have been a writing team since 1977, when their first book, a Gothic romance, was published as Elizabeth Habersham. They published books as Anne James and as Madeline Harper. Madeline Porter lives in Newport Beach, California, where she is assistant publicity director for the award-winning South Coast Repertory Theater Company. Shannon Harper lives in Winter Haven, Florida. During their almost fifteen-year partnership, Madeline and Shannon have lived on opposite coasts, and they collaborate via the mail, fax machines and their computers.