Emma James grew up in New England. After attending University of Massachusetts, she moved to Canada. There, she married, traveled with her husband throughout Europe and Asia, and then returned to Ontario to have a family. She raised two daughters, and when the youngest left to attend a university, she sold her house and moved to Southern California. That was when she began to write Regencies.
She lived in London briefly in the early 70s and now watches mostly BBC America and generally reads romances set in England during the Regency period. She lives alone with her two cats and spends her time writing, sewing and taking pictures.