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Today only-all Danielle Steel books on my shelf are 3 for 1!
Yes, this is plagiarism, but thought the Danielle Steel fans would like to read this! It came today in my Writer's Almanac, from americanpublicmedia.org :
Today is the birthday of Danielle Steel, born in New York City (1947). Her books have sold more than 570 million copies and are read in 28 languages.
She spends her days writing in her bedroom on a 1948 metal-body Olympia manual typewriter, wearing her flannel nightgown. She often writes 18 hours a day. She said, "Once a book is really going, I can't get away from it. Sometimes I forget to comb my hair. And if I'm in the bathtub, I'll scrawl notes on the mirror or the wall. Writing is just an all-consuming passion." She says, "It drives everyone else crazy."
She was the only child of wealthy, well-traveled parents whom she described as "very social, very superficially glamorous." She went to grade school in Paris and then graduated from a French high school in New York City when she was 14. She attended fashion design school, but developed a stomach ulcer there and left in order to recover. At age 16, she started at NYU but became ill there also, this time with hepatitis and a tumor. A couple of years later, she got married to a wealthy French banker, and they had homes in New York City, San Francisco, and Paris.
She went to work for a Manhattan PR and ad agency, and one of her clients—the editor of Ladies' Home Journal—encouraged her to write a book. She moved to her San Francisco home and in three months had finished Going Home (1973), a novel that appeared first in paperback form.
It didn't get very good reviews, and the next five manuscripts of hers were rejected by publishers. She persevered, she said, out of "foolishness." She said, "I just enjoyed what I was doing. I kept saying to myself, I'm going to do one more book, and then I'll quit. I never quit!" She was also a newly divorced single mother at the time, and she conceded that writing helped her from getting lonely. "After my separation, I found I am never lonely when I write. You concoct dream men because there are no men in your life."
She's been called by a Wall Street Journal reviewer "one of the high priestesses of escapist fiction." The reviewer quoted the following line by Steel as typical: "And with that a sob broke from her, and she turned her back to him again, her shoulders shaking in the exquisite evening dress by Trigère." Steel says she has "an instinctive sense for the feelings of others."
She made it into the Guinness Book of World Records in 1989 for having a book on the Times best-seller list for 381 consecutive weeks. She has since broken that record—a book of hers stayed on the list for 390 consecutive weeks. In July of 2008, her 73rd best-selling novel— Rogue—was published.