The daughter of diplomatic service parents, Deborah Lawrenson spent her formative years moving around the world, living in Kuwait, China, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Singapore. She studied English at Cambridge University and has worked as a journalist for various publications in England, including the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday, and Woman’s Journal magazine. She is married with a daughter and lives in Kent, England. She and her family spend as much time as possible at a crumbling hamlet in Provence, France, the setting of the The Lantern. The Lantern is her first novel to be published in the United States.