Kathleen E Woodiwiss

Kathleen E Woodiwiss

Kathleen E. (1939-2007) was a woman who lived from 1939 to 2007. Woodiwiss, the father of the contemporary historical romance, died in Minnesota on July 6, 2007. She was 68 years old at the time. William Messerlie, her attorney, claimed she died after a protracted illness. Mrs. Smith was born on June 3, 1939, in Alexandria, Louisiana.

Woodiwiss was the youngest of a family of eight children. She'd always enjoyed making up stories, and by the age of six, she started telling herself stories to fall asleep. She first encountered a U.S. soldier when she was 16 years old. At a dance, she met Air Force Second Lieutenant Ross Woodiwiss, and the two married the following year.

When stationed at a military outpost in Japan, she began writing her first book in longhand. Woodiwiss is credited with inventing the modern historical romance book when she published The Flame and the Flower in 1972, which became an instant New York Times bestseller and set a literary precedent. The Read More chevron_right

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