Charlotte Maclay, has always had stories running through her head. As early as third grade, she and a friend made up Bambi stories and acted them out. Her friend got to play the role of Bambi — Charlotte was Thumper. Eventually, her friend moved away, but Charlotte continued creating stories in her head.
Years later, Charlotte's husband gave her a paperback book on how to write romance novels. She'd already written considerable nonfiction, including a weekly newspaper column that recruited 20,000 volunteers, for more than 400 different nonprofit organizations, over the course of 25 years. But for pleasure, she read, and still reads, romance novels.
Almost immediately, Charlotte sat down to write her first romance novel. That was 1987. Four years and a dozen unsold manuscripts later, she made her first sale to Harlequin American Romance. She has since authored more than 30 books for Harlequin American, Duets, Love & Laughter, Silhouette Romance and Silhouette Shadows.
In 1999, Romantic Times nominated Charlotte for Lifetime Achievement in Innovative Series and for Best Harlequin American. Charlotte and her husband have two married daughters and two grandchildren, who they are occasionally allowed to babysit.