Jean Innes Saunders
8 February 1932
|Died||3 August 2011 79) (aged|
Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, UK
|Pen name||Jean Saunders,|
Jean Saunders, née Jean Innes (8 February 1932 – 3 August 2011)was a British writer of romance novels from 1974 to 2010. She wrote under her married and maiden names, and also under the pseudonyms of Rowena Summers, Sally Blake, and Rachel Moore. She also wrote an erotic novel as Jodi Nicol and also published writing books.
Jean Saunders was the seventeenth chairman (1993–95) of the Romantic Novelists' Association,and she was the Vice-Chairman of Swanwick writers' summer school. She was a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Crime Writers' Association and the West Country Writers' Association.
Jean Innes was born on 8 February 1932 in London, England, but she have lived in the West Country almost all her life.She married Geoff Saunders, her childhood sweetheart, and they had three children.
After the publication of her first novel, Jean began a career as a magazine writer and published around 600 short stories. In the 1970s she started to publish gothic romance novels under her married and maiden name. In the 1980s she created two pseudonyms, Rowena Summers and Sally Blake, to write historical romances, her most popular works. In 1991 her novel The Bannister Girls was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of Year award. In 2004, she began to use the pen name Rachel Moore.
She lived in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, where she wrote full-time.
She died on Wednesday 3 August 2011, after contracting an illness on a holiday earlier that year, after being rushed to Weston General Hospital.
Some of her novels were reedited under different names.
"A Reluctant Bride" in A Bride's Desire (1994) (with Karen A. Bale, Christine Dorsey and Sonya T. Pelton)
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