Janet Dailey: Biography

Janet Dailey

21 maj 1944

Janet Dailey (née Haradon) was the American author of a large number of romance novels. She was born in Iowa in 1944 and loved reading and writing from a very young age. She graduated from high school and began to work at a construction company, owned by the man who would become her husband. She was adamant that she could write better romance novels than some of the ones that she had been reading, and her husband set her the challenge of proving it.

She began writing novels and sold a draft of her first book to Harlequin, becoming the first American author on their list. She wrote over 50 novels during her lifetime and began to set records which have still yet to be broken. She won a Guinness World Record for setting a different novel in each of the 50 states of America.

She was a full time writer who set a strict routing in order to meet her deadlines. She would begin writing at 4am every single morning, aiming to write for as long as it took her to reach 15 pages. When she got to this daily target, Janet Dailey would stop writing regardless of whether or not she had reached the end of the section she was writing, or even the sentence. She maintained that by not tying up the loose threads at the end of each day she was given an incentive and a starting place to begin writing again the next day.

Janet Dailey died in Missouri at the end of 2013.