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Julie Garwood

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About the Author

Julie Garwood is among the most critically acclaimed—and popular—romance authors around, published in thirty-two languages worldwide with forty million copies of her books in print. She is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels including Wired, Fast Track, Hotshot, Sweet Talk, The Ideal Man, Sizzle, Fire and Ice, Shadow Music, and Shadow Dance. She lives near Kansas City.

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Author Essay

Julie Garwood, author of KILLJOY, talks about what she does when she’s not writing?

I learned a long time ago that there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, and so I try to keep my priorities straight. Family always comes first, of course. I’ve got three great kids, and I come from a large Irish Catholic family, so there are lots and lots of relatives. There’s usually something fun going on, like graduations and weddings and births. I try not to miss any of those special celebrations.

I also have great friends. We laugh a lot, and we all share the same passion for good books.

I love to travel, especially when it involves research for my next book.

And then there’s always paperwork to catch up on, e-mails to answer, and readers to visit with on my website.

Life is never boring, and I think it’s important to value the time we have. One of my heroes is Ralph Waldo Emerson. I have a passage from one of his essays printed and framed on my office wall. It’s his definition of success, and I think he’s got it right.

It says:

“To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one’s self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived—This is to have succeeded.”

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