Lisa Kleypas

Lisa Kleypas

Infobox Writer

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name = Lisa Kleypas | caption =
pseudonym = Lisa Kleypas
birthdate = 1964
birthplace = Texas, United States
occupation = Novelist
nationality = American
period = 1987 - present
genre = historical romance, contemporary romance
influences = Loretta Chase, Laura Kinsale
website =

Lisa Kleypas (born 1964) is a best-selling American author of historical and contemporary romance novels. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts and competed in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City.


Kleypas has always loved to read, especially within the romance genre. She began writing her own romance novels during her summer breaks from studying political science at Wellesley College, Her parents agreed to support her for a few months after her graduation so that she could finish her latest manuscript. Approximately two months later, at age 21, Kleypas sold her first novel.

At approximately the same time, the 5'2" Kleypas was named Miss Massachusetts. During her competition at the Miss America pageant, Kleypas sang a song she had written, earning her a "talented nonfinalist" award.

Kleypas has been a full-time romance writer since selling that first book. Her novels have ranked high on major best-seller lists, sold millions of copies around the globe and have been translated into fourteen different languages.

In October 1998, Kleypas's Texas home flooded within a matter of hours after heavy rains inundated their town. She and her family lost everything except the clothes they were wearing and her purse. Within days,her colleagues at Avon sent boxes of clothes and books to help the family recover. For Kleypas, though, the defining moment was the after the flood, when she and her mother (whose home had also flooded), made a quick trip to the store to purchase toothbrushes, clean clothes, and other necessities. Separately, each of them had also chosen a romance novel, a necessity to them in helping them escape the stress they were currently under. To Kleypas, this realization validated her decision to write romance novels instead of more literary works. [Lisa Kleypas Official Website [] ]

Though primarily known for her historical romance novels, Kleypas made an announcement in early 2006 concerning her momentary departure from historical romances to delve into the contemporary romance genre. [AAR Interview with Lisa Kleypas [] ] She does plan to write historical romances again in the future.

Lisa lives in Washington with her husband, Gregory, and their two children.


Many of Kleypas's works are arranged into series. However, even books not in the same series often have common elements, such as the Westcliffs, Mrs. Bradshaw, Jenner's, "Mathilda", and the Wallflowers.

Berkley-Faulkner Series

#"Where Passion Leads" (1987)
#"Forever My Love" (1988)

Only Vallerand Series

#"Only in your arms" (1992) = "When Strangers Marry" (2002)
#"Only with Your Love" (1992)

Gamblers of Craven's Series

#"Then Came You" (1993)
#"Dreaming of You" (1994)
#"Against the Odds" in the Anthology "Where's My Hero" (2003)

tokehurst Family Series

#"Midnight Angel" (1995)
#"Prince of Dreams" (1995)

Capitol Theatre Series

#"Somewhere I'll Find You" (1996)
#"Because You're Mine" (1997)
#"I Will" in the anthology "Wish List" (2001)

Bow-Street Runners Series

#"Someone to Watch Over Me" (1999)
#"Lady Sophia's Lover" (2002)
#"Worth Any Price" (2003)

Wallflower Series

#"Secrets of a Summer Night" (2005)
#"It Happened One Autumn" (2005)
#"Devil in Winter" (2006)
#"Scandal in Spring" (2006)
#"A Wallflower Christmas" (14 Oct 2008)

The Hathaways Series

#"Mine Till Midnight" (2007)
#"Seduce Me at Sunrise" (30 Sept 2008)

Other Historical Romance Novels

*"Love, Come to Me" (1988)
*"Give Me Tonight" (1989)
*"Surrender" (1991, novella)
*"Stranger in My Arms" (1998)
*"Where Dreams Begin" (2000)
*"Suddenly You" (2001)
*"Again the Magic" (2004)

Contemporary Romance Novels

*"Sugar Daddy" (2007)
*"Blue Eyed Devil" (2008)
*"Smooth Talking Stranger" (2009)


*1998 - Waldenbooks Award for greatest sales growth, "Someone to Watch Over Me"
*1999 - Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist, "Someone to Watch OVer Me"
*2002 - Romance Writers of American RITA Award finalist, "Suddenly You"
*2002 - Romance Writers of America RITA Award winner for her Christmas antholoy novella in "Wish List"
*2002 - Romantic Times Magazine Best Sensuous Historical Romance, "Lady Sophia's Lover"
*2002 - Publishers Weekly starred reviews for "Lady Sophia's Lover" and "When Strangers Marry"
*2003 - Publishers Weekly starred review, "Worth Any Price"
*2003 - Amazon Editor's Top Ten Picks forBest Romance of 2003, "Where's My Hero" and "Worth Any Price"
*2004 - Romance Writers of America RITA Award for best Short Historical, "Worth Any Price"
*2004 - Publishers Weekly starred review, "Secrets of a Summer Night"
*2006 - Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist, Short Historical Category, "It Happened One Autumn"
*2007 - Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist, Short Historical Category, "The Devil in Winter" and "Scandal in Spring"


External links

* [ Official Lisa Kleypas website]
* [ Chapter excerpts and title list] (Official publisher web page)
* [ A Conversation with Lisa Kleypas] (Interview with Author)

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