Johanna Lindsey, Best-Selling Romance Novelist, Dies at 67


In “A Pirate’s Love” (1978), young Bettina Verlaine is kidnapped by a pirate, Captain Tristan, on the way to her arranged marriage. In one scene, there is no doubt of the pirate’s desire.

“‘Finish your meal now, Bettina, or you can go without it, for I’m tired of waiting.’

‘Waiting for what, monsieur?’ Bettina feigned innocence. ‘You raped me once. Surely you do not intend to do so twice in the same day?’

His devilish grin was her answer. Bettina jumped up and ran for the door but the rack of the whip in the air halted her.

‘Come here, Bettina!’”

Johanna Helen Howard was born on March 10, 1952, in Frankfurt, where her father, Edwin, was stationed in the Army, and she moved to the United States when she was about 5. Her mother was Wanda (Castle) Howard. The family eventually settled in Hawaii, where Johanna attended intermediate and high school.

She started work in a data processing program but left it when she married Ralph Lindsey. By the mid-1970s, she had begun to believe she could write romance novels, and sent a proposed chapter to Avon Books, where Ms. Rodgers and Ms. Woodiwiss were published.

“Three weeks later they asked for the whole book and six weeks after that they accepted it with only one change,” Ms. Lindsey told The Honolulu Star-Bulletin in 1981.

In 1977, Avon published the book “Captive Pride,” which she followed over the next four years with “A Pirate’s Love,” “Brave the Wild Wind,” “Fires of Winter” and “Paradise Wild.”

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