Hearts were heavy Monday in the RT office when we learned that legendary romance author Janet Dailey had passed away over the weekend at age 69. According to an official statement from her publisher Kensington, Dailey "passed away peacefully in her home in Branson on Saturday, December 14, 2013."
Janet Dailey sold her first manuscript in 1974 and was Harlequin's first American author. She was also the first author to transition from writing Harlequin category romance to single title romance and became known for her American-set stories and rugged heroes. In addition to her lengthy bibliography, numerous awards and bestselling novels, Dailey was a longtime supporter and friend of RT. In fact, the premiere issue of Romantic Times in 1981 included an interview with the then rising star:
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RT founder Kathryn Falk remembers Dailey fondly:
"When I started Romantic Times magazine in 1981, Janet Dailey and Barbara Cartland were household names and the two bestselling romance authors in the world. Both were especially kind and supportive to me and my efforts to launch a romance publication; I am most appreciative to this day. Janet mentioned my first issue in her widespread newsletter and she and Bill arrived at one of the first Booklovers Conventions in New York in 1983 by traveling with our band of writers and readers on the Love Train."
Janet with actor Barry Van Dyke on the set of Firefox Light
Our thoughts and condolences go out to Janet's friends and family, as well as her publishing family. Readers can find more memories of Janet Dailey and her work in the March issue of RT, available next month.
Editor's Note: In the photo of Janet and Barry Van Dyke, we incorrectly identified Barry as Bill, Janet's husband. Our apologies.
Do you have special memories of Janet Dailey or her books? Feel free to leave them in the comments.