About Adrianne

Adrianne Noel writes contemporary women’s fiction and historical fiction. Her novels are character-driven with romantic elements and a strong sense of place. She also blogs on a range of topics, including food, fiction, and women’s issues.  

Adrianne grew up near Denver, Colorado, where her first loves were literature and music. She studied classical piano until a hand injury forced her to reconsider her musical ambitions. After completing a bachelor’s degree in English at Barnard College in New York City, she moved to Scotland to begin a master’s degree in Scottish literature at the University of Edinburgh. In addition to studying the novels of Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson, she enjoyed haggis, whiskey, and ceiliah dances so much that she stayed for a second master’s degree in Comparative Literature.  After a year of teaching, translating, and consulting in Germany (an adventure motivated by an ill-fated romance) she returned to New York to complete her Ph.D. in English literature. Her dissertation drew upon Scottish cartography and historical fiction to show how Scottish novelists created a national identity for Scotland in the nineteenth century through their representations of landscape.     

Adrianne endured the long years of graduate school by devouring the novels of Diana Gabaldon and Nora Roberts. It was then that she realized she enjoyed simply reading and creating her own stories, rather than dissecting perfectly good texts with the scalpel of literary theory. Adrianne returned to Colorado to begin a career in e-Learning, and over the past ten years, she has worked as an online instructor, course designer, and program administrator. 

Adrianne currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where, when she is not writing, she teaches courses in literature and humanities for an online university. Her hobbies include hiking, gardening, wine tasting, and Argentine tango.  
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