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Lisa Chaplin began writing fiction in 1991 after taking an agent's advice to write romance novels to become disciplined at editing. She was subsequently published with Harlequin as Melissa James, selling over 1.6 million books in 25 countries. After discovering a Napoleonic history text, she spent time researching and living in Switzerland and France, and produced an acclaimed work of historical fiction, The Tide Watchers, as Lisa Chaplin. Her most recent work is The Memory of Cardamom literary fiction series.