Sylvia Bambola was born in Romania in 1945 and was adopted from a German orphanage five years later by an American Army Colonel. When she was seven she saw the Statue of Liberty for the first time as well as the shores of her new country. As an army brat, she called eight different states home, an experience that gave birth to a deep passion for her new homeland. The vastness yet friendliness of America, as well as its diversity yet parallelism still continue to amaze her. She met and married her husband, Vincent, when she was attending nursing school in New York.

Raising two children occupied most of her time, but in between she worked in marketing for several companies, was the president of a local chapter of Women's Aglow, hosted and taught bible studies,  spoke at various women's groups and wrote on the side. Once her children graduated college, she quit her job and began writing full time. Her second novel, Refiner's Fire, won a 2001 Silver Angel Award and was a 2001 Christy Award finalist. Her novel, Rebekah's Treasure, won the 2015 CSPA Book of the Year Award for Christian Historical Fiction and The Salt Covenants won the 2015 Reader's Favorite Bronze Medal for Christian Historical Fiction. Sylvia currently lives in Florida, is enjoying her grandchildren and working on her ninth novel.