Message From The Author
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.
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
1988 STARDUST Donald I. Fine
1987 LOVE IN THE AIR #351
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