Blake has been called the Steel Magnolia of women's fiction,
and a "legend of the romance genre." She is a seventh generation
Louisianian who married at 15, began writing at 21, sold her
first book at 27, and gained New York Times Best Seller status
more than 20 years ago, with LOVE'S WILD DESIRE. She has written
more than 50 books, including ROYAL SEDUCTION, SHAMELESS,
and her acclaimed Louisiana Gentlemen series. An international
best seller as well, she has been published in 18 languages
with worldwide sales approaching 30 million. She was honored
with the position as Writer-in-Residence for the University
of Northeastern Louisiana, and is a charter, and honorary,
member of Romance Writers of America.
for her work have been gained over the years. Among those
she values most, however, are the Golden Treasure Award for
Lifetime Achievement from Romance Writers of America, induction
into both the RWA and Affaire de Coeur Romance Halls of Fame,
and the Frank Waters Award for Excellence in Fiction.
Since 1998, Jennifer and her husband
have resided in a lakeside Caribbean-styled retreat in North
Louisiana where they often entertain friends and family. Always
a gardener, she spends much of her free time encouraging her
newly planted garden to bloom with her favorite daylilies
and antique roses. When not gardening, she enjoys collecting
antiques, painting, and needlework, including quilting.
Still, evenings find her and her husband
lounging on one of the expansive verandas, sipping café au
lait or a cool drink and listening to the gentle lap of waves.
Here, as Jennifer says in her own words, "I write my fantasies
of love and adventure in the romantic South. And sometimes,
when I sit on the porch with the sunlight falling across the
lawn and the smells of magnolia, sweet olive, honeysuckle
and roses wafting on the warm air, I live them."