Born and raised in the Deep South, Kristi Astor now lives with her husband, two daughters, and a menagerie of animals just outside of New York City. After years of ballet training, an injury forced her to give up her dancing career and head to college, where she graduated with honors from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in history. She went on to do graduate work in history at Columbia University, and worked several years as a non-profit grant writer in some of the nation’s top cultural institutions. In addition to reading and writing romance, she divides her time between the kids’ activities and the ballet studio.