Frances Paige was born in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, but has lived near the Lake District, in the North West England for many years. She paints and writes, and has completed over fourty novels. She is also known under the pseudonyms Jane Wallace and Jay Allerton. In 1975, her novel "Vote for a Silk Gown" won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association. She went on to write many more novels as well as a Scottish saga which, it has been said, redefined the sub-genre and made her a model for budding authors everywhere.