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Friday, March 10, 2017

Get 'immersed' in your characters' lives


“If you can't laugh at your own characters, or shed a tear for them, or even get angry at one of them, no one else will either.” – Johanna Lindsey

Born Johanna Helen Howard on this date in 1952, Lindsey has a legitimate claim to the title “Queen of American historical romance writers.”  All of her books (well over 60 and counting) have reached the New York Times bestseller list and many of them have been number one, including her 2016 award winner, Make Me Love You.  To date, her books have been translated into 12 languages and sold well over 60 million copies.

Born into a military family in Germany, she had the usual “Army Brat” experience of numerous moves before settling in Hawaii in 1964.  She lived there even after marriage before moving to New England, where she still resides.
Lindsey broke into writing in 1977, writing her             first book, Captive Bride, "on a whim.”  Setting the stage for her lifelong successes, that novel went right up the bestseller charts as have almost all of those that have followed. 

Lindsey's books span various eras of history, but by far the most popular are the stories about the Malory family set in the 1700s and 1800s.   The latest of those, Beautiful Tempest, is scheduled for this July.     Never one to rest on her laurels, Lindsey says to remember, “Biding time is easy – and gets you nowhere.”

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