Erle Stanley Gardner
(July 17, 1889 – March 11, 1970)
A decade ago, anyone who grew up on mystery novels, would know Erle Stanley Gardner. A self taught American lawyer (he chose boxing over Law School), Gardner took up writing to deal with the boring routine of legal work. Thus was born Perry Mason, the fictional lawyer cum detective who featured in over 80 novels and a number of Hollywood movies, television series and radio programmes. By 1933, Gardner had given up legal practice all together to become a full time writer. He moved to Temecula, California and stayed there till his death in 1970.
Gardner also wrote under a number of pen names, including A.A. Fair, Kyle Corning, Charles M. Green, Carleton Kendrake, Charles J. Kenny, Les Tillray and Robert Parr. In 1952, he won the Edgar Award in the Best Fact Crime Category
Born on July 17, 1943 in Browerville, Minnesota, LaVyrle Spencer is an American author famous for her historical and contemporary romances- many of which have been made into movies. Spencer stopped writing in 1997 and has been living at Stillwater, Minnesota with her family.
It was in her thirties that Spencer read Kathleen Woodiwiss’s novel “The Flame and Flower” an d that inspired her to start penning a recurring dream she had about her grandma’s life on a Minnesota farmhouse. Thus, The Fulfillment, her first novel was written. Till date twelve of her books have been New York Times bestsellers; Spencer has won 4 RITA Awards, 3 Golden Medallion Award and a Minnesota Book Awards and in 1988 she was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame.
Some of her popular works include: