Janet Dailey, a former secretary who wrote her first novel on somewhat of a dare and became one of the most successful American romance novelists of her time, died on December 14, 2013 due to complications of heart surgery. She was 69. Read her full New York Times obituary here.
She was able to recover from a blow to her career in 1997, when she was sued for copyright infringement after borrowing ideas and passages from two Nora Roberts books. She apologized and explained she had been under immense stress due to her husband’s cancer surgery. The suit was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.
Her last novel, Christmas in Cowboy Country, is scheduled to be published in September, 2014, and holds have been placed for BSC patrons. It is not known at this time if someone else is taking over her legacy, but we will be removing her from the BESTSELLER Club author list. If there are any Dailey books published in the future, Scott County Library will purchase them but fans will be responsible for placing their own holds.