|Catherine Coulter graduated from Boston College with a master's degree in 19th-century European history. She first began writing romances after convincing herself that she could come up with something better than what was currently being published. While living in New York in 1978, she published her first novel with some help in plotting out the story from her physician husband. Since then she has gone on to write mostly Regency romances, many of them in the trilogy format she believes allows her to follow her character's lives more completely. Her first major best-seller, "Moonspun Magic" (1988), was the third installation in the Magic Trilogy and the first of a long string of popular best-sellers. In 1988 Coulter decided to take on the suspense thriller genre with "False Pretenses." Her subsequent suspense novels, "The Cove," "The Maze," "The Target," and "The Edge", were instant best-sellers. Coulter's hobbies include traveling, skiing, and reading.