Message From The Author

Nan Ryan

Book Title: NAUGHTY MARIETTA
Genre: Historical Romance

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Author's Message

Nancy Henderson Ryan, or Nan Ryan as she's known to her readers, was living in Wichita Falls, Texas, when she sold her first book, Kathleen's Surrender, to editor Pesha Finkelstein-Rubenstein at Zebra. "I'll never forget that warm September day in 1982 when I received a mail gram from Pesha saying Zebra wanted to buy the book," the author remembers. Before you could say "bestselling career," Kathleen's Surrender was published, and it wasn't long before she saw her first "War Between the States" historical romance on store shelves.

Twenty-four hours after her phone call with Zebra, the nomadic author, who's lived all over the county with her television-executive husband, was interviewed for the local newspaper, The Wichita Times Record, and was featured on the news that night. Now, 21 years later, Nan continues to see her career soar with three Career Achievement awards from RT BOOKclub, including "Historical Storyteller of 2001," a Critic's Choice Award and a Golden Pen award from Affair de Coeur. Plus, the majority of her books have been Doubleday Book Club selections.

But success wasn't so easy, or so fast. Once Kathleen's Surrender was published, it took the intrepid author four more years to sell another romance. The wait was worth it, though. One after the other, Nan sold her stories to publishers Paperjacks, Donald I. Fine, Silhouette, Dell and Worldwide Library. "I kept writing and then, lo and behold, all the manuscripts sold at once!" It was at that time she chose to write exclusively for Dell, until crossing over to Mira in 1999. Then there was the matter of her name.
"I used 'Nancy Henderson Ryan' on my first book because my daddy was so proud of the fact that my book was getting published," Nan reveals. "He passed away before my second book was published. My husband, Joe, suggested I shorten my name to 'Nan Ryan' because it would look better on my books. He was right."

Kathleen's Surrender, a story of star-crossed lovers, is still special to Nan, and she cites Dawson Harpe Blakely as her greatest hero ever. Of course, readers still fondly recall Captain Clay Knight from You Belong to My Heart (Harper), Texas Ranger Virgil Black from The Princess Goes West (Harper), and her latest hero, Cole Heflin of NAUGHTY MARIETTA (Mira), is sure to please. This tough, stoic and fearless gent meets his match in a hot-tempered opera singer. And with Nan's latest deal with Mira to write three more historicals, fans can expect to read CHIEFTAIN in the spring of 2004 and DUCHESS FOR A DAY in 2005.

—Lauren Spielberg

SINGLE TITLES

2003 NAUGHTY MARIETTA Mira

2002 THE SCANDALOUS MISS HOWARD Mira

2001 THE SEDUCTION OF ELLEN Mira

2000 THE COUNTESS MISBEHAVES Mira

1999 WANTING YOU Mira

1998 THE PRINCESS GOES WEST HarperCollins

1997 OUTLAW'S KISS HarperCollins

1996 BURNING LOVE HarperCollins

1996 YOU BELONG TO MY HEART HarperCollins

1995 BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE Penguin

1994 LOVE ME TONIGHT Topaz

1994 A LIFETIME OF HEAVEN Dell

1993 WRITTEN IN THE STARS Dell

1991 THE LEGEND OF LOVE Dell

1990 SUN GOD Dell

1989 SAVAGE HEAT Dell

1989 SILKEN BONDAGE Dell

1988 MIDNIGHT AFFAIR PaperJacks

1987 WAYWARD LADY PaperJacks

1987 CLOUDCASTLE Dell

1987 DESERT STORM Worldwide Library

1987 LOVE IN THE AIR Silhouette

WRITTEN AS NANCY HENDERSON RYAN:

1983 KATHLEEN'S SURRENDER Zebra

HARDCOVER (Contemporary):

1988 STARDUST Donald I. Fine

SERIES ROMANCES

Silhouette Desire

1987 LOVE IN THE AIR #351


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