DANIELLE STEEL - AUTHOR
Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein-Steel is an American writer, best known for her romance novels. She is the best selling author alive and the fourth bestselling fiction author of all time, with over 800 million copies sold. She has written 165 books, including 141 novels. Many of her best sellers turned into television movies.
Who Is Danielle Steel?
Born in New York City in 1947, Danielle Steel embarked on a career in advertising before publishing her first novel, Going Home, in 1973. By the end of the decade she found an audience receptive to her brand of romance and drama, with titles like The Promise, Kaleidoscope, Heartbeat and Sisters going on to become best sellers. Steel has also penned a poetry book, several children's series and song lyrics for an album.
Danielle Steel Books
Steel's first novel, Going Home, was published in 1973. Several follow-up manuscripts were rejected, but she was back in print with Passion's Promise (a.k.a. Golden Moments) in 1977, and with the rapid-fire sales of The Promise in 1978, her literary career was up and running.
Through popular works like A Perfect Stranger (1983), Kaleidoscope (1987), Zoya (1988), Heartbeat (1991) and The Gift (1994), Steel established a definitive style, her novels often centered around strong, glamorous women who overcome major obstacles en route to love and fulfillment. While at times dismissed by critics as "formulaic," the author continues to crack the best-seller lists through a prolific output that sees her finish six books per year; recent titles include The Apartment (2016), Past Perfect (2017) and Fall From Grace (2018).
Book Sales and Records
According to her website, Steel has written more than 167 books, her works published in 43 languages across 69 countries for a total 650 million copies sold worldwide. Additionally, the Guinness Book of World Records gave her an entry for having at least one book on the New York Times best-seller list for 390 consecutive weeks.
Danielle Steel Movies
More than 20 of Steel's novels, including Crossings (1982), Once in a Lifetime (1983), No Greater Love (1991) and Safe Harbour (2003), have been adapted into television movies. Jewels, which aired in two parts months after its 1992 publication, garnered two Golden Globe nominations, for Best Limited Series/TV Movie and for Anthony Andrews' performance as Best Actor.
What Is Danielle Steel's Net Worth?
As of July 2018, Forbes pegged Steel's net worth at $350 million, ranking her No. 54 on its list of America's self-made women.
Clancy's comment: Mm ... Wow. We authors can only aspire to such success.