Romance Turned Thriller Author Fern Michaels, Author Biographies

Fern was born Mary Ruth Kovak in Hastings, Pennsylvania on April 3,1933 to Albert and Lucy Kovak. She says she was an avid reader at a young age. She especially enjoyed mysteries and adventure stories.

Fern Michaels is the pen name for Mary Ruth Kuczkir. She says that although Fern Michaels is not who she is but is what she does, she does not mind people calling her Fern. So for simplicity, we will call her Fern.

Fern and her husband, Michael married in 1952 and had five children. After moving to New Jersey, she decided with friend Roberta Anderson to try their hand at writing. That is when they adopted and wrote under the pseudonym Fern Michaels.

Fern Michaels and Roberta Anderson wrote 26 novels together. Fern divorced her husband, split with Roberta and won the legal rights to the Fern Michaels name in 1989.

Fern then started writing on her own and what a prolific writer she has been. She says she has never had writer’s block. Most of her novels have made it to the New York Best Sellers list. She was inducted into the New Jersey Literary Hall of Fame in 1995.

Fern moved to South Carolina in 1997. She has several dogs and lives in a renovated 300 year old haunted plantation home outside of Charleston.

Fern’s advice to aspiring writers: “Sit down and DO IT. Don’t listen to anyone but yourself. Believe in yourself and don’t give up. If you persevere, you will prevail. I am the living proof.”

Fern founded the Fern Michaels Foundation in 1990. This tax exempt charitable corporation each year grants two-four year scholarships for qualified students. Because she understands the plight of the single mother, she also helped open affordable rate child care centers for needy single moms.

Bibliography:

Series:

Captives
Captive Passions (1977)
Captive Embraces (1979)
Captive Splendors (1980)
Captive Secrets (1981)

Texas
Texas Rich (1985)
Texas Heat (1986)
Texas Fury (1989)
Texas Sunrise (1993)
Texas Trilogy (omnibus) (1991)

Sins
Sins of Omission (1989)
Sins of the Flesh (1990)

Vegas
Vegas Rich (1996)
Vegas Heat (1997)
Vegas Sunrise (1995)
Vegas Trilogy (omnibus) (2001)

Kentucky
Kentucky Rich (2001)
Kentucky Heat (2002)
Kentucky Sunrise (2002)

Sisterhood
Weekend Warriors (2001)
Payback (2004)
Vendetta (2004)
The Jury (2005)
Sweet Revenge (2006)
Lethal Justice (2006)
Free Fall (2006)
Hide and Seek (2007)
Hokus Pokus (2007)
Fast Track (2008)
Collateral Damage (2008)
Final Justice (2008)
Under the Radar (2009)
Razor Sharp (2009)
Vanishing Act (2009)
Deadly Deals (2009)

Cisco
Mp Place Like Home (2002)
Family Blessings (2004)

Godmothers
The Scoop (2009)

Stand Alone Novels
Pride and Passion (1975)
Vixen in Velvet (1976)
Valentina (1978)
The Delta Ladies (1980)
Golden Lasso (1980)
Sea Gypsy (1980)
Captive Gypsy (1980)
Whisper My Name (1981)
Beyond Tomorrow (1981)
Paint Me Rainbows (1981)
Panda Bear is Critical (1982)
Night Star (1982)
Wild Honey (1982)
Tender Warrior (1982)
All She Can Be (1983)
Free Spirit (1983)
Cinders to Ashes (1984)
To Taste the Wine (1987)
For All Their Lives (1991)
Seasons of Her Life (1994)
To Have and to Hold (1994)
Desperate Measures (1994)
Serendipity (1994)
Dear Emily (1995)
Wish List (1995)
Yesterday (1995)
Whitefire (1997)
Sara’s Song (1998)
Finders Keepers (1998)
Celebration (1999)
Annie’s Rainbow (1999)
Split Second (1999)
The Guest List (2000)
Picture Perfect (2000)
What You Wish For (2000)
Listen to Your Heart (2000)
Charming Lily (2001)
Plain Jane (2001)
The Future Scrolls (2001)
Late Bloomer (2002)
About Face (2003)
Trading Places (2003)
Crown Jewel (2003)
The Real Deal (2004)
The Nosy Neighbor (2005)
Pretty Woman (2005)
Fool Me Once (2006)
Hey, Good Looking (2006)
The Marriage Game (2007)
Up Close and Personal (12007)
Mr. and Mrs. Anonymous (2009)
Betrayal (2009)
Return to Sender (2010)
Game Over (2010)