USA TODAY bestselling author Margaret Way was born and raised in the River City of Brisbane, capital of Queensland, Australia. A conservatorium-trained professional musician, in 1969 she decided to fulfill a childhood dream to write a book and have it published. She submitted a manuscript to the iconic publishing firm of Mills & Boon in London. To her delight the manuscript received immediate acceptance. The first book, published in 1970, King Country, was an outstanding success, heralding the start of a long and very successful career. The author hopes and believes the two goals she has set for herself since the beginning of her writing career have been achieved. First and foremost, to bring pleasure and relaxation to her global readership; second, to open up a window to the world on her own beautiful unique country, captivating the hearts of her readers as they identify with rural and Outback Australia and the Dreamtime culture of its Australian indigenous people. An award-winning author of more than 130 books, published in 114 countries in 34 languages, Margaret Way is a three-time finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia's RUBY Award.