Judith McNaught is the author of over a dozen historical and contemporary romance novels with 30 million copies in print. Many have been New York Times bestsellers. Her first book, Whitney, My Love, which she had trouble selling at first, was finally published in 1985, after McNaught had proven herself with two successful published novels.
Her early novels were unique: They introduced the hero first, rather than the heroine; and unlike the typical Regency, her stories were intensely sensual and witty. Whitney, My Love captured the elements of the traditional Regency romance, but its long length, sensuality, and emotional intensity were more often associated with the traditional historical romances, which were rarely set during the Regency period. Despite the many years it took McNaught to sell the story, it was very successful, and its success influenced other editors to solicit manuscripts written in the same style.
At the beginning of McNaught's writing career, she was one of a very few authors writing for the historical romance market. By 1985, however, the genre had exploded. Despite her established success with historical romances, in 1990 McNaught switched genres to write contemporary romances where she was also a huge success. Paradise is one of my all time “keepers.” All her books tend to be fast-paced, with strong, loyal, compassionate and intelligent heroines. You might find some of her early heroes in the historicals unduly harsh on the heroines; I did. But I still loved them.
- 1985 - Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Best New Historical Romance, Whitney, My Love
- 1986 - Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Harlequin Superromance, Tender Triumph
- 1987 - Affaire de Coeur Golden Pen Certificate, Once and Always
- 1987 - Affaire de Coeur Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Historical Romance, Once and Always
The stories continue in these:
- Tender Triumph (1983)
- Double Standards (1984)