Dorothy Garlock (b. June 22, 1942 in Texas, U.S.A.) is a best-selling American author of over 50 historical romance novels, most of them set in the American West. She has also written under the pen names Johanna Phillips, Dorothy Phillips and Dorothy Glenn.
Dorothy Garlock was born on June 22, 1942 in Texas, but spent twenty-five years in Oklahoma City. She and her husband moved to Clear Lake, Iowa in 1955. Garlock worked for fourteen years as a bookkeeper and columnist for the local newspaper before retiring at age 49. To fill her time while she and her husband spent winters in a small south Texas town, Garlock began to write stories. She completed four manuscripts before she decided to try to publish one of them. In 1976, she entered one of her books in a contest for unpublished writers. Although it did not win the contest, one of the judges, an agent, offered to represent her. He sold all four of her books in a few weeks.
Over 20 million copies of Garlock's books are currently in print in 18 languages and 36 countries. She was one of the six launch authors for Bantam Books' Loveswept Line. Two of Garlock's short stories, "Interlude in Big Bend" and "Beneath the Midnight Sun", were chosen by Universal Press Syndicate to launch their series Day Dreams. The two stories were published one chapter each day for one month, and ran in 57 major newspapers. Her novel A Love for All Time has even been used as an example in the textbook Writing Romantic Fiction, by Helen Barnhardt. Garlock is also a member of the Romance Writers Hall of Fame.
Garlock has donated many of her manuscripts and other unpublished writings to the University of Iowa libraries. She and her husband, Herb Garlock Sr, still live in Clear Lake, Iowa. They have a son and daughter and several grandsons.