September 22, 2020

Best-selling romance novelist Johanna Lindsey dies at 67

Bryan Alexander  USA TODAY

Published 8:02 PM EST Dec 23, 2019

Johanna Lindsey, the best-selling romance writer who sold more than 60 million steamy novels worldwide over a prolific 40-year career, has died at age 67.

“Hearts Aflame,” “Stormy Persuasion,” “Temptation’s Darling,” “Wildfire In His Arms” and “Marry Me by Sundown” were just a handful of the hot-blooded historical romances Lindsey penned. The New York Times reported that the author died on Oct. 27 in her Nashua, N.H., hometown following complications of treatment for Stage 4 lung cancer, but her family was too devastated by her death to announce the news earlier.

Lindsey, who spent much of her life in Hawaii, told the Honolulu Star Bulletin in 1981 that she conceived of the idea of her first novel, “Captive Bride,” years before she submitted it to Avon Books to be published in 1977. 

Best-selling romance author Johanna Lindsey has died.Simon & Schuster

“Desert sheikh, romance, kidnapping — that’s about all I started with,” she said. “I just sat down one day and wrote the middle scene, the love scene in the tent. I amazed myself — I couldn’t stop writing.”

She followed that over the next four years with “A Pirate’s Love,” “Brave the Wild Wind,” “Fires of Winter” and “Paradise Wild.”  Her books featured dramatic cover art, launching the career of flowing-haired model Fabio Lanzoni, who appeared on the cover of 1987’s “Hearts Aflame.”

Lindsey’s works included “Marriage Most Scandalous.”Simon & Schuster

The best-selling novel and cover were so successful that Fabio, painted by cover artist Elaine Duillo, became a fixture with Lindsey’s novels.

The prolific author’s readable, face-paced “bodice-ripping” tomes were so popular that a 1993 USA TODAY article pointed out that she sold “a book every eight seconds somewhere in the world.”

After 37 best-sellers, Lindsey left Avon Books for Simon & Schuster in 2001. In July she published her most recent novel, “Temptation’s Darling.”

Published 8:02 PM EST Dec 23, 2019

from: https://eu.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/books/2019/12/23/johanna-lindsey-best-selling-novelist-steamy-romances-dies-67/2737833001/

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