Elin Hilderbrand's novels are set on and around the island of Nantucket where she lives. The author of 12 novels, her 2009 novel The Castaways became a New York Times best-seller. When not writing, Hilderbrand stays busy raising her three children. Hilderbrand, an expert at writing the ultimate beach read, says that: "As much as I adored Edgar Sawtelle, it was not a great book for the beach. It was better by the fire."