Day Leclaire


Day Leclaire
Day Leclaire
Born August 25,
Pen name Day Leclaire
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 1990 - present
Genres Romance

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Day Leclaire (b. August 25) is a best-selling American author of more than forty romance novels. She has been awarded numerous prestigious prizes from a multitude of organizations.

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Biography

Early years

Day Leclaire started writing when she was just a child. After a long day of trying to keep occupied in the midst of a snowstorm, Leclaire and her three siblings ran out of things to do. In an effot to keep her own patience, Leclaire's mother challenged her to write her own story. That historical epic, based on Cinderella and set in the Wild West, was the beginning of her love of writing.[1]

Leclaire attended the University of California, Berkeley with the intent to major in anthropology. After her first camping trip, however, she realized she was not cut out for a life without running water and flush toilets, and dropped out of school to decide what she really wanted to do with her life.[1]

Shortly thereafter, Leclaire met her husband, Frank, and the two married after knowing each other only five months. They became entrepreneurs, running a film library in Berkeley, remodeling houses in Seattle, Washington, and then opening a produce market. When Leclaire became pregnant with their son Matt, she decided that she really wanted to be a writer. The next day, her husband bought her a computer.[1]

Writing career

Although Harlequin gave her encouraging feedback, Leclaire was not able to sell a book in the beginning. Her career seemed briefly stalled when her younger sister, Nancy, died of a brain tumor and Leclaire, alone in a new city, dealt with her grief. Her husband challenged her to do something to occupy herself, and Leclaire once again turned to writing. The book that resulted, Jinxed, was her first sale, and it was dedicated to Nancy.[1]

Leclaire has since been nominated ten times for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award, the romance novelist's equivalent of an Oscar.[1] She has been awarded numerous other prestigious prizes from a multitude of organizations (see Awards). Since 2000, Leclaire has only submitted her works for consideration for the RWA RITA Award, as she feels "the vanity shelf is full."[2]

Family

Leclaire was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2000, and endured chemotherapy and radiation treatment as a result.[3] Leclaire took a break from writing from 2004 to 2005 in an attempt to recover her creativity, but is finally back in her groove. In 2006 she began writing again, this time for Silhouette Desire, and had five books released in 2007.[1]

She and her husband live on Hatteras Island in North Carolina.[1] Leclaire's only son has recently graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and plans to attend Virginia Tech for graduate studies.

Awards

[2]

  • 1994 - Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Harlequin Romance
  • 1994 - Finalist for Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, Love and Laughter Category
  • 1995 - Finalist for Holt Medallian Award, Traditional Category
  • 1996 - Finalist for Holt Medallian Award, Traditional Category
  • 1996 - 2nd place - National Communications Contest, National Federation of Press Women for Best Romance Fiction in the US
  • 1996 - 1st place - National Communications Contest, National Federation of Press Women for Best Romance Fiction in North Carolina
  • 1996 - Finalist for Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Harlequin Romance
  • 1997 - Finalist for Romance Writers of America RITA Award, Traditional Category
  • 1997 - Finalist for Holt Medallion Award, Traditional Category
  • 1997 - Finalist for Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, Short Contemporary Category
  • 1997 - Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, Love and Laughter Category
  • 1997 - Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, Best Harlequin Romance
  • 1998 - Finalist for Holt Medallion Award, Traditional Category
  • 1998 - Finalist for Romance Writers of America RITA Award, Traditional Category
  • 1998 - Finalist for Oklahoma Romance Writers of America's National Readers Choice Awards, Traditional Category
  • 1998 - Golden Quill Award, Traditional Category
  • 1998 - Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, Short Contemporary Category
  • 1999 - Finalist for Georgia Romance Writers' MAGGIE Award, Short Contemporary Category
  • 1999 - Finalist for Holt Medallion Award, Traditional Category
  • 1999 - Finalist for Romance Writers of America RITA Award, Traditional Category
  • 1999 - Phoenix Desert Rose Golden Quill Award, Traditional Category
  • 1999 - Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, Short Contemporary Category
  • 1999 - Finalist for Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Harlequin Romance
  • 2000 - Finalist for Georgia Romance Writers MAGGIE Award, Short Contemporary
  • 2000 - Finalist for First Coast Romance Writers of America The Beacon Published Author Award, Short Contemporary
  • 2000 - Finalist for Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America Booksellers Best Award, Traditional Category
  • 2000 - Finalist for Romance Writers of America RITA Award, Traditional Category
  • 2000 - Holt Medallion Award, Traditional Category
  • 2000 - Phoenix Desert Rose Golden Quill Award, Traditional Category
  • 2000 - Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, Short Contemporary Category
  • 2000 - First Coast Romance Writers of America The Beacon Published Author Award, Short Contemporary
  • 2000 - Finalist for Holt Medallion Award, Traditional Category
  • 2001 - Finalist for Romance Writers of America RITA Award, Traditional Category
  • 2003 - Finalist for Romance Writers of America RITA Award, Long Contemporary Category

Bibliography

Single novels

  • Jinxed (1990)
  • Where There's a Will (1991)
  • To Catch a Ghost (1993)
  • Once a Cowboy (1994)
  • Her Secret Santa (1997)
  • Mail-order Bridegroom (1995)
  • One Night Wife (1995)
  • Make Believe Engagement (1996)
  • The Secret Baby (1997)
  • Her Secret Bodyguard (2000)
  • To Marry a Sheikh (2000)
  • The Marriage Project (2001)
  • The Bride Price (2001)

Thorsen Brothers Series

  1. In the Market (1992)
  2. A Wholesale Arrangement (1992)

Salvatore Brothers Series

  1. Who's Holding the Baby? (1994)
  2. Bridegroom on Approval (1999)
  3. The Brides Proposition (2000)
  4. The Baby Gift (2000)

Fairytale Weddings Series

  1. Temporary Husband (1996)
  2. Accidental Wife (1996)
  3. Shotgun Marriage (1997)
  4. Bridegroom on Approval (1999)
  5. Long-lost Bride (1999)

Guardian Angels Series

  • The Boss, the Baby and the Bride (1998)

The Gem Computer Series

  1. The Twenty-Four Hour Bride (1998)
  2. The Miracle Wife (1998)

Whirlwind Weddings Series Multi-Author

  • The Twenty-Four Hour Bride (1998)

Texas Grooms Wanted! Series

  • The Nine Dollar Daddy (1999)

White Weddings Series

  • Shotgun Bridegroom (1999)

Bachelor Auction Series Multi-Author

  • The Perfect Solution (2000)

The Wedding Blitz Series

  1. The Provocative Proposal (2001)
  2. The Whirlwind Wedding (2002)
  3. The Baby Bombshell (2002)

Forrester Square Series Multi-Author

  • Keeping Faith (2003)

Nascar Series Multi-Author

  • Old Flame, New Sparks (2007)

The Royals Series

  1. The Royal Affair (2007)
  2. The Forbidden Princess (2007)
  3. The Prince's Mistress (2007)
  4. The Royal Wedding Night (2007)
  5. The Billionaire's Baby Negotiation (2007)

Dante's Legacy Series

  1. Dante's Blackmailed Bride (2008)
  2. Dante's Stolen Bride (2008)
  3. Dante's Wedding Deception (2008)
  4. Dante's Contract Marriage (2008)
  5. Dante's Ultimate Gamble (2010)
  6. Dante's Temporary Fiancee (2010)

Omnibus In Collaboration

Graphic Novels

  • Jinxed (2006) art by Akemi Maki

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Biography". Day Leclaire Website. Archived from the original on 2007-02-05. http://web.archive.org/web/20070205100737/http://www.dayleclaire.com/biography.htm. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Awards". Day Leclaire Website. Archived from the original on 2007-02-05. http://web.archive.org/web/20070205100604/http://www.dayleclaire.com/awards.htm. Retrieved 2007-02-06. 
  3. ^ Leclaire, Day. "News and Notes". Day Leclaire Website (archived). http://www.home.earthlink.net/~dayleclaire/news.htm. Retrieved 2007-02-06. [dead link]

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