Friday, July 13, 2007

Kathleen E. Woodiwiss 1939 - 2007

Famed historical romance novelist Kathleen E. Woodiwiss has passed away. She is credited with creating the genre and was known for the "spice" she added to her more complex plots. Her final novel, Everlasting, will be published this fall.

From an obituary in the Los Angeles Times, July 13, 2007: "Before Woodiwiss' first novel, 'The Flame and the Flower,' was published in 1972, romance fiction was wrapped around suspense or gothic tales.

"The romance part was demure and suggestive, the books relatively short.In developing a new category, Woodiwiss crafted more complex plots with somewhat controversial relationships. Her stories twist and turn for 500 pages or more before their happy endings." Mary Rourke, Times staff writer.

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