Born Elizabeth Johnson in New London, Connecticut in 1964, America's latest bestselling novelist moved with her two younger sisters throughout her childhood.
Her father, David Johnson and her mother, Eleanor, had jobs at universities in New York, Indiana, Tennessee and North Carolina.
She earned a BA in English studies from Yale University in 1988 and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan, where she currently teaches.
After meeting Gyorgi Kostov in Bulgaria, they married in 1990. She has won several writing awards and the film rights to The Historian, published by Little, Brown, were sold earlier this year for a seven figure sum. Elizaneth Kostova lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.