Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Ms. Garwood
attributes much of her success to growing up in a large
family of Irish heritage. "The Irish are great storytellers
who relish getting all the details and nuances of every
situation. Add in the fact that I was the sixth of seven
children. Early in life I learned that self-expression had
to be forceful, imaginative and quick," says Ms. Garwood.
Ms. Garwood began her writing career when the youngest of
her three children entered school. After the publication of
two young adult books, she turned her talents to historical
fiction. Her first novel, Gentle Warrior, was
Pocket Books in 1985 -- there have been 19 novels since
then. Her name appears regularly on the bestseller lists of
every major publication in the country, including The
York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The
Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and
Weekly. The popularity of her books expands with each
publication, and she is now read and enjoyed in many
languages around the world.
Julie Garwood writes "...gripping escapism of the tallest
order." (Kirkus Reviews) Whether the setting be
Scotland, Regency England, frontier Montana, or
contemporary America, her themes are consistent: family,
loyalty and honor. USA Today says, "...it's those
subjects set against a timeless background that attract so
many modern readers."
Ms. Garwood lives in Leawood, Kansas and is currently
working on her next novel. When her schedule allows time
away from family and career, she devotes her efforts to
promoting literacy, and especially enjoys sharing her love
of reading with student groups.