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With more than 30 million books in print and 16 New York Times bestsellers, Julie Garwood has clearly earned a position among America’s favorite fiction writers. Her reputation as a masterful storyteller is solidly founded in her ability to deliver stories with appealing characters and powerful emotions. Readers claim that it’s the humor as well as the poignancy of her novels that keep them laughing, crying, and thoroughly entertained.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Ms. Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage. “The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all the details and nuances of every situation. Add in the fact that I was the sixth of seven children. Early in life I learned that self-expression had to be forceful, imaginative, and quick,” says Ms. Garwood.
Ms. Garwood began her writing career when the youngest of her three children entered school. After the publication of two young adult books, she turned her talents to historical fiction. Her first novel, Gentle Warrior, was published by Pocket Books in 1985—and today her name appears regularly on the top lists of every major publication in the country, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly.
Her bestselling novel For the Roses was adapted for a CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame, and Heartbreaker is in production as a feature film.
Kirkus Reviews has said that Julie Garwood writes “…griping escapism of the tallest order” and is “a trusted brand name in romantic fiction” according to People magazine. Whether the setting be medieval Scotland, Regency England, frontier Montana or contemporary America, her themes are consistent: family, loyalty and honor. USA Today says “…it’s those timely subjects set against a timeless background that attract so many modern readers.”
Ms. Garwood lives in Leawood, Kansas, and is currently working on her next novel.
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