Tracy Chevalier grew up in Washington&44; DC. She moved to England in 1984&44; and graduated in 1994 from the MA course in creative writing at the University of East Anglia.
Her first novel&44; The Virgin Blue&44; was chosen by WH Smith for its Fresh Talent promotion in 1997. In 2000&44; HarperCollins published Girl with a Pearl Earring&44; which has gone on to sell over two million copies worldwide. Falling Angels was published to much critical acclaim in 2002&44; The Lady and the Unicorn&44; followed in 2004 and Burning Bright in 2007&44; followed by the bestselling Remarkable Creatures in 2009. Her most recent novel The Last Runaway was chosen as an R&J pick in 2013.
The film of Girl with a Pearl Earring&44; starring Colin Firth as Vermeer&44; was released in the UK in 2003. It was nominated for 10 BAFTAs and two Academy Awards.
Tracy Chevalier lives in North London with her husband and son.