Luanne Rice (born September 25, 1955) is the bestselling American author of twenty-five novels. She often writes about nature and the sea, and many of her novels deal with love and family.
Born in New Britain, Connecticut, Rice is the eldest of three daughters born to an English teacher and a typewriter salesman. Her first published poem appeared in the Hartford Courant when she was eleven, and her first short story was published in American Girl when she was fifteen. She studied Art History at Connecticut College but dropped out when her father became ill. She began to write, working as a maid in Newport, Rhode Island, a researcher at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., and a whale researcher and deckhand in Woods Hole, Massachusetts to support herself. Her debut novel, Angels All Over Town, was published in 1985.
In 2002, Connecticut College awarded Rice an honorary degree and invited her to donate her papers to the college's Special Collections Library.
Several of Rice's novels have been adapted for television, including Crazy in Love for TNT, Blue Moon for CBS, Follow the Stars Home and Silver Bells for the Hallmark Hall of Fame, and Beach Girls for a Summer 2005 mini-series on Lifetime.
Rice divides her time between New York City and Old Lyme, Connecticut.