Sandra Brown

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(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

Sandra Brown was born on June 12, 1948, in Waco, Texas, to journalist Jimmie Brown and to counselor Martha Cox. She grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and attended Texas Christian University before leaving to attend Oklahoma State University and the University of Texas at Arlington, where she majored in English. In 1968, when she was working a summer job as a dancer at Six Flags Over America, she married Michael Brown.

Before Brown started to write for a living, she worked as the manager of a Merle Norman Cosmetics Studio in Tyler, Texas (1971-1973), as a weather reporter for WFAA-TV in Dallas (1976-1979), as a model for the Dallas Apparel Mart (1976-1987), and as a reporter for the nationally syndicated television show PM Magazine, which aired from the 1970’s to 1980’s. All her life, she had been an avid reader of detective novels, and after losing her job as a weather reporter in 1979, she decided to take a risk and write professionally. She describes that decision as a kind of epiphany and claims that from this point she could clearly see that she was meant to spend the rest of her life as a writer. After reading and studying a variety of romance novels and books on how to write, the burgeoning author placed her typewriter on a card table and began her writing career.

After attending a romance writers’ conference, Brown wrote her first romance novel, and her work was first published in 1981. Harlequin Romances failed to purchase her first novel, but Dell Books took a chance on the new writer. Two of her romance novels, Love’s Encore (1981) and Love Beyond Reason (1981), were accepted for publication within thirteen days of each...

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