Sandra Lynn Brown (b. March 1948 in Waco, Texas) is an American bestselling author of romantic novels and thriller suspense novels. Brown has also published works under the pen names of Rachel Ryan, Laura Jordan, and Erin St. Claire.
Sandra Brown was born in Waco, Texas and raised in Ft. Worth. She majored in English at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, but left college in 1968 to marry her husband Michael Brown who is a former television anchorman and award-winning documentarian of Dust to Dust. After her marriage, Brown worked for KLTV in Tyler as a weathercaster, then relocated to the D/FW area where she became a reporter for WFAA-TV's short-lived PM Magazine.
Brown began writing in 1981 after her husband dared her to. National Book Festival Since then she has published nearly 70 novels and had over 50 New York Times bestsellers. In 2008 Sandra realized her dream of a college degree when she was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater, TCU.
Her novel French Silk was made into a movie, released in 1994, for television. Susan Lucci, Shari Belafonte, and Lee Horsley starred.
In 2007 she contributed to Court TV's series Murder By The Book in regard to the murder of Betty Gore in Wylie, Texas, on Friday, June 13, 1980.
Her latest release is titled Smash Cut and was published in August 2009.