Roslyn Hardy Holcomb was born and reared in North Alabama. Born at the time of the civil rights movement, she grew up and married interracially six years ago. Many of the themes that abound in Rock Star, particularly the taboos against relationships between black women and white men, are issues she and her husband routinely confront. Roslyn began reading her mother's romance books at the age of nine. At first, a lifelong devotion to needle arts and crafts let to a stint on the editorial staff of a major craft publisher, but regular volunteer work and a passion for child welfare led her to leave that field and pursue an advanced degree and a career in social service. Shortly after her son was born, she decided to become a stay-at-home mother and pursue romance writing full-time.