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Homepage: http://www.jacquelinemarten.com
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Sex: Female
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Bio: Author-biography

When put to task on writing a biography, I find it difficult. I’ve been writing professionally for more than 60 years, that in itself is strange to admit. I was never interested in writing a conventional “bodice-ripper” about a wimpy chick giving her all for the dimwitted affections of some roaring roughneck. I wanted to write about real love and real sexual attraction.

My sons used to ask me why, in my books, I always seemed to make the women dominant. I explained they weren’t that dominant at all. They were just loved by very tender, compassionate men.
I believe in happily-ever-after, but I’ve never confused it with easily-ever after. You have to sustain an ongoing relationship, in spite of the kids being bratty or the husband coming home crabby or your gaining 20 pounds.

Quite a long time ago, I graduated from Hunter College and then went on to get my master’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan. I began career as a freelance writer as a fluke. After graduating from Michigan, I asked the McFadden magazine chain in New York for an editorial position and wound up writing “true confession” stories instead. I went for an interview for what I thought was a (regular, full-time) job with ‘Radio Mirror,’ but it turned out the interviewer was looking for freelance writers. The editor asked me to send synopses and, rather than admit that wasn’t what I had in mind, I said “yes.”

I worked very long and hard on one, and spent only about five minutes on the other. And guess what. They bought the one I had only spent five minutes on. It was called “With My Blessing and earned me a grand sum of $150.00. I once had the opportunity to study with Maltese Falcon author Dashiell Hammett. He was the Thin Man from his famous mysteries. I had to write a mystery story for the class and I had the whole class laughing hysterically — which luckily was my intention. Dashiell said to me “Jacqueline, you are indeed going to be a writer, a fine one, but certainly not of mysteries.

I wrote for Confession magazines for a long time but ultimately I found a home writing romance novels. I’ve written 18 novels including historical, gothic and modern romance. I think when writing historical. I’ve been on the New York Times Best-Seller list more times that I can remember. I’ve won a Career Achievement award from Romantic Times and my books have been translated into German, Russian and even Chinese.

When I was a pretty young thing with a bow in my hair, tough, cigar-chomping editors wanted to know what a little girl like me knew about writing, romance and sex. Now that I’m older young people want to know what an old broad like me knows about romance! I assure you - Plenty is the answer and the best has yet to come.

For more information on my writing, go to http://www.jacquelinemarten.com or join me on MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jacquelinemarten)