Born in London in 1897, Denise Robins was the daughter of a music critic and teacher and an Australian-born heiress. After she left school, Denise went to work as a journalist for the D.C. Thomson Press, then became a freelance writer. Denise married Arthur Robins, a corn broker on the Baltic Exchange, but the marriage ended in divorce, after she met O'Neill Pearson in Egypt, who later became her second husband. She was the mother of three daughters, Patricia, Anne, and Eve. In 1960, she founded with other romance writers the Romantic Novelists' Association serving as its first president until 1966. Denise passed away 1 May 1985. At the time of her death her novels, translated into 15 languages, had sold more than 100 million copies.