Tara Taylor Quinn
Tara Taylor Quinn's love affair with Harlequin Books began when she was fourteen years old and picked up a free promotional copy of a Harlequin Romance in her hometown grocery store. The relationship was solidified the year she was suspended from her high school typing class for hiding a Harlequin Romance behind the keys of her electric typewriter. Unaware that her instructor loomed close by, Ms. Quinn read blissfully with one finger resting on the automatically repeating period key. She finished the book in the principal's office. Forced to leave her romances in her locker after that, Ms. Quinn's typing skills improved, a fact for which she is eternally grateful. She sits at her keyboard ten hours a stretch these days—typing romances.
Harlequin Books published Ms. Quinn's first book, Yesterday's Secrets, in October 1993. It received two Reviewers Choice nominations, and was a finalist for the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best Long Contemporary. Her succeeding novels have continued to garner recognition and awards, most recently as being featured on the Waldenbooks bestsellers list and finalist status in the National Readers' Choice Awards and the Holt Medallion.
With 32 sales in less than nine years, Ms. Quinn's books are worldwide, with many foreign translations and more than four million copies in print. In addition to her novels, the prolific author has written two novellas; two books in a continuity series and the launch book for another; an Internet story, and has had one of her books released in Rocketbook format. October 2000 saw the debut of Shelter Valley Stories a Tara Taylor Quinn series set in fictional Shelter Valley, Arizona, which has grown to include seven books to date, with an eighth in the works.
April 2001 marked the release of Ms. Quinn's first single title novel, Sheltered in His Arms, and May 2001 saw her debut on the USA Today Best Seller List. She released five original works in 2002, and has three more due for 2003. Ms. Quinn's plans for the future continue to abound. She just signed a three-book, single title deal with MIRA Books, and sold four more Superromances, all of which are due for release in the next three years. Her first MIRA titled Where The Road Ends is going to be published in July of 2003, with her next MIRA in the works for July of 2004.
Ms. Quinn currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Romance Writers of America association, a position she has renewed since taking a break after 5 years of consecutive duty.
Though she wrote her first story at the age of seven, Ms. Quinn's professional writing career didn't begin until ten years later when she was hired as a stringer with the Dayton Daily News in Dayton, Ohio. A certified high school English teacher, Ms. Quinn published several magazine articles before turning to writing as a full-time occupation. When she's not writing or fulfilling speaking engagements, Ms. Quinn spends her time with her husband, Kevin, and commuting to Arizona State University where she takes her seventeen-year-old daughter, Rachel, who is a senior studying Psychology.
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