Tracy Chevalier born on October 19, 1962, is an American historical novelist. She has written seven novels. She is best known for her second novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, which was made into a 2003 film, starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth.
Her first novel, The Virgin Blue, was published in the UK in 1997 and was chosen by W H Smith for their showcase of new authors. Her second novel, entitled Girl with a Pearl Earring, was published in 1999. The work, which was based on the famous painting byVermeer, has been translated into 38 languages. As of 2013, it has sold over four million copies worldwide. It won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award in 2000. In 2003, a film based on the novel was released, receiving three Academy Awardnominations in 2004, along with ten BAFTAs and two Golden Globes. Her 2013 novel, The Last Runaway was honored with the Ohioana Book Award and was chosen for theRichard and Judy Book Club for autumn 2013.