Helen Johanna Lindsey (b. 10 March 1952 in Germany), under the pen name “Johanna Lindsey”, is one of the most popular American writers of historical romance novels worldwide. All of her books reached the New York Times bestseller list, many reaching #1.
Lindsey was born on 10 March 1952 in Germany, where her father, a soldier in the U.S. Army, was stationed. The family moved about a great deal when she was young. Her father always dreamed of retiring to Hawaii, and after he died in 1964, Lindsey and her mother settled there to honor him.
In 1970, when she was still in school, she married Ralph, becoming a young housewife. The marriage continued residing in Hawaii and produced three children; Alfred, Joseph and Garret, who already have made her a grandmother. After her husband’s death, Lindsey moved to Maine; she has not remarried.
Johanna Lindsey was a fan of romance novels herself. She wrote her first book, Captive Bride in 1977, on a whim. “I started writting as a hobby,” she says. “I never thought of being a writer when I was young. Now I wouldn’t want to do anything else.” The book was a success, as have been the 30 plus novels which followed.
By 2008, over 60 Million copies of her books have been sold worldwide, with translations appearing in 12 languages.
Lindsey’s books span the various eras of history, including books set in the Middle Ages, Regency England, the American “Old West”, and the Viking era. She has even written a few sci-fi romances. By far the most popular among her books are the stories about the Malory Family, a Regency saga.
Lindsey’s stories are known for her feisty heroines and domineering heroes. In many of her tales, the heroine somehow falls into the hero’s power (e.g., she becomes his slave, serf, captive, etc.). Lindsey heroines are always high-born, younger than the hero, and temperamental. Lindsey heroes are always Alpha-males, who are self-reliant, powerful, and overtly sexual.