E. L. Van Hine is a scholar of English and European colonial literature, and a student of Western philosophy. She was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on December 2, 1959, holds a B.A. in English (Literature) from the University of Massachusetts at Fitchburg (1982), matriculated at Harvard University (Foreign Literature in Translation) and University of Massachusetts at Lowell, earning high honors from all of these institutions. She began publishing as a journalist in 1975 while still a high school student, and completed her first novel, 'Princes of the East' in 2000 after writing and publishing poetry for ten years. 'Tourmaline' is the first book in an omnibus series of police procedurals set in the 1980's. The second book, 'Killer on the Road' is expected to be in print in spring of 2012. Other books in print are available on Lulu; 'The Erotic Etudes' (2005), as well as multimedia recordings of her poetry and songs.