Lois Dorothea Pilkington Low
|Born||Lois Dorothea Pilkington|
15 July 1916
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
|Died||8 November 2002 86) (aged|
Hampshire, England, UK
|Pen name||Dorothy Mackie Low,|
|Occupation||Literary agent, novelist|
|Spouse||William Mackie Low (1938-1981)|
Roderick Craig Low (b. 1945),
Murray Alexander Robert Low (b. 1949)
Lois Dorothea Low, née Pilkington (born 15 July 1916 in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK - d. 8 November 2002 in Hampshire, England, UK) was a British writer of romance novels from 1962 to 1983 under different pseudonyms Dorothy Mackie Low, Lois Paxton, and Zoë Cass.
Although the genre is very old, the romance novel or romantic novel discussed in this article is the mass-market version. Novels of this type of genre fiction place their primary focus on the relationship and romantic love between two people, and must have an "emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending." There are many subgenres of the romance novel, including fantasy, historical romance, paranormal fiction, and science fiction. Romance novels are read primarily by women.
She was elected the fifth Chairman (1969–1971) of the Romantic Novelists' Association and also was a former Vice-President.
The Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) is the professional body that represents authors of romantic fiction in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1960 by Denise Robins, Barbara Cartland, Vivian Stuart, and other authors including Elizabeth Goudge, Netta Muskett, Catherine Cookson, Rosamunde Pilcher and Lucilla Andrews.
Born Lois Dorothea Pilkington on 15 July 1916 in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, she studied in the Edinburgh Ladies' College (now Mary Erskine School).In 1938, she married William Mackie Low, who died in 1981. They had two sons: Roderick Craig Low (b. 1945) and Murray Alexander Robert Low (b. 1949). She worked in insurance and as literary agent.
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Low published romance novels from 1962 to 1983, under the pseudonyms of Dorothy Mackie Low, Lois Paxton, and Zoë Cass. She was elected the fifth Chairman (1969–1971) of the Romantic Novelists' Association and also was a former Vice-President. She died at 86, on 8 November 2002.
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