Stephen Maitland-Lewis is an award-winning author, a British attorney and a former international investment banker. He held senior positions in the City of London, Kuwait and on Wall Street prior moving to California in 1991. He owned a luxury hotel and a world-renowned restaurant and was also the Director of Marketing of a Los Angeles daily newspaper. Maitland-Lewis is a jazz aficionado and a Board Trustee of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in New York. A member of PEN and the Author’s Guild, Maitland-Lewis is also on the Executive Committee of the International Mystery Writers Festival. His novel "Hero on Three Continents" has received numerous accolades, and "Emeralds Never Fade" won the 2012 Benjamin Franklin Award for Historical Fiction and the 2011 Written Arts Award for Best Fiction. His novel, "Ambition" was a 2013 USA Best Book Awards finalist and won first place for General Fiction in the 2013 Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards. His new novel, "Botticelli’s Bastard" will be published in the summer of 2014. Maitland-Lewis and his wife, Joni Berry, divide their time between their homes in Beverly Hills and New Orleans.
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