Arguably today's most skillful writer of intelligent historical romance... Publisher's Weekly, March 9th 1998
Jo Beverley is the author of eighteen published romances, both Regency and historical. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Golden Leaf, the Award of Excellence, the National Readers Choice, and a two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times. She is also a four time winner of the RITA, the top award of the Romance Writers Of America, and a member of their Hall of Fame.
Born and raised in England, Jo moved to Canada in the mid-seventies with her scientist husband. She now lives in Victoria with her husband and two teenaged sons.
Jo began writing stories almost as soon as she could string sentences together, and still has a medieval historical romance written in a school text book when she was a teenager. It was only in the mid eighties, however, that things came together for her to apply herself seriously to writing, and she completed a regency romance in 1985. It was promptly rejected by a number of publishers, and she settled more earnestly to learning the craft. In 1988, it sold to Walker, and was published as LORD WRAYBOURNE'S BETROTHED.
This was followed by three other traditional regencies, then two longer regencies — the beginning of her famous Company Of Rogues series—and then she returned to her first love, medieval historical. However, an interested publisher would only buy her first medieval if she wrote a Regency historical for them as well, Regency historicals being all the rage. As she wrote the book, Jo decided she really wanted to write a Georgian, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, and thus began her successful Malloren series, presided over by the head of the Malloren family, the enigmatic Marquis of Rothgar. Jo gets so many letters from readers demanding Rothgar's story, that she has buttons saying "Waiting For Rothgar."
Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola
Cornick, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, Susan King are the ladies
otherwise known as the Word Wenches. These eight authors have written a
combined 231 novels and 74 novellas. They’ve won awards such as the RITAS, RT
Lifetime Achievement award, RT Living Legend, and RT Reviewers Choice award.
Several of them are regulars on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller
lists. Learn more at www.wordwenches.com.