Several famous historical romance authors have had great books throughout their writing careers.  Some of these writers have had a wide variety of backgrounds including Lisa Kleypas, Julia Quinn, and Diana Gabaldon.  Lisa Kleypas was actually Miss Massachusetts for the Miss America competition in 1985.  Julia Quinn was an Art History graduate from Harvard who after trying to figure out what to do with her life (medical school was one of the options) decided that writing was her actual passion.  Diana Gabaldon has a M.S. degree in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a Ph.D. in quantitative behavioral ecology in addition to having a brief free-lance comic writing job with Walt Disney.  Just from these few examples it can be seen that there is not one specific type of person that writes romance or historical romance in particular.

Some of the popular historical romance novels by Lisa Kleypas include the Devil in Winter (published in February 2006 by Avon Books), Secrets of a Summer Night (first published in October 2004), It Happened One Autumn (published in September 2005 by Avon Books), and Mine Till Midnight (published in October 2007 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks).  Julia Quinn has had such popular historical romance novels such as The Duke And I (published in January 2000 by Avon Books), The Viscount Who Loved Me (published in December 2000 by Avon Books), Romancing Mister Bridgerton (published in July 2002 by Avon Books), and An Offer From a Gentleman (published in July 2001 by Avon Books).  Some of the novels by Diana Gabaldon which are classified as historical romance include Outlander (first published in 1991), Dragonfly In Amber (first published in 1992), Voyager (first published in December 1993), and Drums Of Autumn (first published in December 1996).  These are just a few of the books written by only a handful of the famous historical romance authors that have been published.

References:  http://www.historicalromance.net/definition-of-historical-romance/; http://www.squidoo.com/historicalromance; http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/historical-romance ; http://www.lisakleypas.com/historical.asp ; http://juliaquinn.com/about.htm;  http://historicalromancewriters.com/authorinfo.cfm?authorID=24

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