Janet Dailey

Janet Dailey

Infobox Writer

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name = Janet Anne Haradon Dailey
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pseudonym = Janet Dailey
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birthplace = Storm Lake, Iowa United States
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occupation = Novelist
nationality = American
period = 1974 - present
genre = Romance
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website = http://www.JanetDailey.com

Janet Anne Haradon Dailey (born May 21, 1944 in Storm Lake, Iowa) is a popular American author of numerous romance novels as Janet Dailey (her married name). Her novels have been translated into nineteen languages and have sold over 300 million copies worldwide.

Early years

Janet Anne Haradon was born on May 21, 1944 in Storm Lake, Iowa. Dailey always wanted to be a writer and loved books. Her three elder sisters often read to her when she was good. By the age of four, she had her own library card. She was graduated in 1962 from Jefferson High School in nearby Independence, Iowa. She attended secretarial school in Omaha, Nebraska, and in 1963 went to work at the construction firm owned by her future husband, Bill Dailey,Janet Dailey website] who was fifteen years her senior. The two continued to work together, often spending 17 hours a day, seven days a week at work.

In 1974, after asserting yet again that she could write a better romance novel than those she had read, Dailey's husband challenged her to prove it. She sold her first manuscript to Harlequin, becoming their first American author.citation|last=Keeney|first=Carole|title=Dailey's life unfolds like her books end - happily ever after|newspaper=Houston Chronicle|date=July 6, 1986|accessdate=2007-08-16|url=http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/archive.mpl?id=1986_250454] [Regis, p. 155.] American writers had never written for category romances, and Harlequin was unwilling to gamble that readers would embrace American themes or American settings, and rejected other American authors, such as Nora Roberts, because they "already had their American writer." [Regis, p. 183, pp. 158-159.]

Category romance

Dailey "provide [d] ... [the] first look at heroines, heroes and courtships that take place in America, with American sensibilities, assumptions, history, and most of all, settings." [Regis, p. 159.] She introduced the Western romance, romance novels set in the American West. The Western romance focused on the female, who was often marginalized in traditional Western novels. Because her novels were set in contemporary times, there is little frontier, but the novels recreate that feeling by introducing "physical confrontation of the elements" and focusing on the "primary nature of the pursuit" by a man and woman "unconstrained by any society's expectations of them." [Regis, pp. 162-163, 167, 168.] Many of the themes in her novels were groundbreaking for the genre. Her heroines, unlike most, lost their virginity. Others fell in love with poor or unattractive heroes.

She wrote a total of 57 novels for Harlequin.Fact|date=August 2007 Among these novels were 50 in the "Janet Dailey Americana Series," in which every state in the United States was represented. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized her for this achievement of setting a novel in every state. By 1998, her Harlequin novels had sold a combined 80 million copies.citation|last=Hemmungs Wirten|first=Eva|title=Global Infatuation: Explorations in Transnational Publishing and Texts. The Case of Harlequin Enterprises and Sweden|publisher=Uppsala University|work=Section for Sociology of Literature at the Department of Literature, Number38|format=PDF|url=http://www.abm.uu.se/evahw/Global_Infatuation.pdf|accessdate=2007-08-24|date=1998|ISBN=97-85178-28-4|page=58-59] Dailey was also one of the early writers for the Silhouette lines, for which she wrote 12 titles.

During her most prolific years, Dailey set a goal of writing 15 pages per day. Her day began at 4 a.m. On good days, she would meet her quota in 8 to 10 hours; other days would require 12 to 14 hours of work. When she met her goal, Dailey would often stop writing, even if she was in the middle of a sentence. The unfinished thoughs provided her an incentive to begin writing again the next day. Some of her early novels for Harlequin took only eight days to write.

ingle-title romance

In 1979, Dailey became the first romance author to transition from writing category romances to writing single-title romance novels. Her first mass market romance novel, "Touch the Wind", reached the New York Times Best Seller List. Her subsequent books have also been "New York Times" Bestsellers. There are currently over 325 million copies of her books in print, with translations in 19 languages for 98 countries.

Her novel "Foxfire Light" was made into a movie.

Dailey began offering The Janet Dailey Award in 1993. This $5000 annual award was given to an author whose romance novel best addressed a social issue.


Dailey was sued in 1997 by fellow novelist Nora Roberts, who accused Dailey of copying her work for over seven years. The practice came to light after a reader read Roberts' "Sweet Revenge" and Dailey's "Notorious" back-to-back; she noticed several similarities and posted the comparable passages on the internet. Calling the plagiarism "mind rape," Roberts sued Dailey. Dailey acknowledged the theft and blamed it on a psychological disorder. She admitted that both "Aspen Gold" and "Notorious" lifted heavily from Roberts's work. Both of those novels were subsequently pulled from print.citation|last=Wilson|first=Jeff|title=Romance novelist Janet Dailey apologizes for plagiarizing|newspaper=The Shawnee News-Star|date=July 30, 1997|accessdate=2007-08-09|url=http://www.news-star.com/stories/073097/life1.html] In a settlement, Dailey paid Roberts an undisclosed sum, which Roberts donated to the Literacy Volunteers of America.citation|last=Quinn|first=Judy|date=February 23, 1998|url= http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA165397.html?pubdate=2%2F23%2F1998&display=archive |title=Nora Roberts: A Celebration of Emotions |newspaper=Publishers Weekly|accessdate=2006-12-25]

In 2001, Dailey returned to publishing with a four-book deal with Kensington Books. The contract called for two books in the Calder series Dailey has written about a ranching family in Montana, and two books with holiday themes.citation|last=Baker|first=John F.|title=Kensington's Big Buy: Janet Dailey|newspaper=Publishers Weekly|date=April 23, 2001|url=http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA73097.html?q=janet+dailey|accessdate=2007-08-24] Kensington expanded their relationship with Dailey in 2002, when she contracted for three more hardcover novels about the Calder family and an additional mass market original novel. At the same time, they purchased the reprint rights to 50 of her previously published romances.citation|last=Baker|first=John F.|title=Kensington's Big Buy: Janet Dailey|newspaper=Publishers Weekly|date=August 5, 2002|url=http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA237161.html?q=janet+dailey|accessdate=2007-08-24]

Personal life

In 1980, Dailey and her husband moved to Branson, Missouri, where Bill promoted and produced shows at the American Theater. He died on August 5, 2005.

Dailey considers Branson "an ideal place to live. The weather is generally good, the country is beautiful, and the people are so friendly--and unobtrusive."citation|last=Hall|first=Wesley|title=Contemporary Ozarks Authors-Interview With Janet Dailey|newspaper=OzarksWatch|volume=VIII|issue=3|date=1995|accessdate=2007-08-23|url=http://thelibrary.springfield.missouri.org/lochist/periodicals/ozarkswatch/ow803e.htm]


Cord & Stacy Series

# "No Quarter Asked" (1974)
# "Fiesta San Antonio" (1977)
# "For Bitter or Worse" (1978)

ingle Novels

* "Something Extra" (1975)
* "Sweet Promise" (1976)
* "Master Fiddler" (1977)
* "Ivory Cane" (1977)
* "The Rogue" (1979)
* "Touch the Wind" (1979)
* "Nightway" (1980)
* "Ride Thunder" (1980)
* "Hostage Bride" (1981)
* "The Lancaster Men" (1981)
* "For the Love of God" (1982)
* "Foxfire Light" (1982)
* "Terms of Surrender" (1982)
* "Wildcatter's Woman" (1982)
* "The Best Way to Lose" (1983)
* "Mistletoe and Holly" (1983)
* "The Second Time" (1983)
* "Separate Cabins" (1983)
* "Western Man" (1983)
* "Leftover Love" (1984)
* "Silver Wings Santiago Blue" (1984)
* "The Pride of Hannah Wade" (1985)
* "Glory Game" (1985)
* "The Great Alone" (1986)
* "Heiress" (1987)
* "Rivals" (1988)
* "Masquerade" (1990)
* "Tangled Vines" (1992)
* "Riding High" (1994)
* "The Proud and the Free" (1994)
* "Legacies" (1995)
* "The Healing Touch" (1996)
* "Notorious" (1996)
* "Castles in the Sand" (1996)
* "A Capital Holiday" (2001)
* "Scrooge Wore Spurs" (2002)
* "The Not Forgotten War" (2003)
* "Maybe This Christmas" (2003)
* "Because of You" (2004)
* "Can't Say Goodbye" (2004)
* "Dance with Me" (2004)
* "Everything" (2004)
* "Eve's Christmas" (2006)
* "Man of Mine" (2007)
* "Something More" (2007)
* "Wearing White" (2007)
* "With This Kiss" (2007)

Calder Series

# "This Calder Range" (1982)
# "Stands a Calder Man" (1983)
# "This Calder Sky" (1981)
# "Calder Born, Calder Bred" (1983)
# "Calder Pride" (1999)
# "Green Calder Grass" (2002)
# "Shifting Calder Wind" (2003)
# "Calder Promise" (2004)
# "Lone Calder Star" (2005)
# "Calder Storm" (2006)

Aspen Series

# "Aspen Gold" (1991)
# "Illusions" (1997)

Americana Series

# "AL-Dangerous Masquerade"
# "AK-Northern Magic"
# "AZ-Sonora Sundown"
# "AR-Valley Of the Vapours"
# "CA-Fire And Ice"
# "CO-After the Storm"
# "CT-Difficult Decision"
# "DE-The Matchmakers"
# "FL-Southern Nights"
# "GA-Night Of The Cotillion"
# "HI-Kona Winds"
# "ID-The Travelling Kind"
# "IL-A Lyon's Share"
# "IN-The Indy Man"
# "IA-The Homeplace"
# "KS-The Mating Season"
# "KY-Bluegrass King"
# "LA-The Bride Of The Delta Queen"
# "ME-Summer Mahogany"
# "MD-Bed Of Grass"
# "MA-That Boston Man"
# "MI-Enemy In Camp"
# "MN-Giant Of Mesabi"
# "MS-A Tradition Of Pride"
# "MO-Show Me"
# "MT-Big Sky Country"
# "NE-Boss Man From Ogalala"
# "NV-Reily's Woman"
# "NH-Heart Of Stone"
# "NJ-One Of The Boys"
# "NM-Land Of Enchantment"
# "NY-Beware Of The Stranger"
# "NC-That Carolina Summer"
# "ND-Lord Of the High Lonesome"
# "OH-The Widow And The Wastrel"
# "OK-Six White Horses"
# "OR-To Tell The Truth"
# "PA-The Thawing Of Mara"
# "RI-Strange Bedfellow"
# "SC-Low Country Liar"
# "SD-Dakota Dreamin"'
# "TN-Sentimental Journey"
# "TX-Savage Land"
# "UT-A Land Called Deseret"
# "VT-Green Mountain Man"
# "VA-Tidewater Lover"
# "WA-For Mike's Sake"
# "WV-Wild And Wonderful"
# "WI-With A Little Luck"
# "WY-Darling Jenny"
* "Americana" (2001) (Omnibus)
* "Americana 2" (2002) (Omnibus)
* "Janet Dailey's Americana III" (2002) (Omnibus)


* "Boss Man From Ogallala / Darling Jenny" (1982)
* "Heart of Stone / Big Sky Country" (1982)
* "No Quarter Asked / The Indy Man" (1982)
* "Best of Janet Dailey: To Tell the Truth, That Boston Man" (1983)
* "Best of Janet Dailey: Bed of Grass, Heart of Stone" (1984)
* "Best of Janet Dailey: Wild and Wonderful, One of the Boys" (1985)
* "Rivals / Heiress" (1991)
* "Janet Dailey Collection" (1994)
* "Masquerade / Rivals / Heiress" (1994)
* "Janet Dailey Gift Set" (1995)
* "Summer Lovers: Strange Bedfellows; First Best And Only; Granite Man" (1997)
* "Always with Love" (2002)
* "Happy Holidays" (2004)
* "Western Man and Leftover Love" (2004)
* "Forever" (2004)
* "Going My Way" (2005)
* "Happily Ever After" (2005)
* "It Takes Two" (2005)
* "Let's Be Jolly" (2005)
* "Bring the Ring" (2006)
* "Ranch Dressing" (2006)
* "Try to Resist Me" (2006)
* "Foxfire Light / For the Love of God" (2007)
* "Separate Cabins / Second Time" (2007)

Omnibus In Collaboration

* "The Jasmine Bride / Sweet Promise / Turbulent Covenant" (1987) (with Daphne Clair and Jessica Steele)
* "The Master Fiddler / Forest of the Night / Rightful Possession" (1988) (with Jane Donnelly and Sally Wentworth)
* "Mistletoe and Holly / Sweet Sea Spirit" (1991) (with Emilie Richards)
* "Marry Me Cowboy" (1995) (with Susan Fox, Anne McAllister and Margaret Way)
* "Santa's Little Helpers" (1995) (with Patricia Gardner Evans and Jennifer Greene)
* "Flower Girls" (1996) (with Beverly Beaver, Margaret Brownley and Ruth Ann Dale)
* "A Spring Bouquet" (1996) (with Jo Beverley, Rebecca Brandewyne and Debbie Macomber)
* "Homecoming" (1997) (with Deborah Bedford, Dinah McCall and Fern Michaels)
* "Unmasked" (1997) (with Jennifer Blake and Elizabeth Gage)
* "Wild Action" (1997) (with Dawn Stewardson)
* "The Only Thing Better Than Chocolate" (2002) (with Kylie Adams and Sandra Steffen)


* "The Janet Dailey Companion: A Comprehensive Guide to Her Life and Her Novels"



* [http://www.janetdailey.com/ Janet Dailey's Official Website]
* [http://www.eharlequin.com Harlequin Enterprises Ltd's Website]

External links

* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0197361/ Janet Dailey] on [http://www.imdb.com IMDB Website]
* [http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/d/janet-dailey/ Janet Dailey's Webpage] in [http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk Fantastic Fiction's Website]
* [http://www.iblist.com/author4178.htm Janet Dailey] on the Internet Book List

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