New York Times Bestselling Author Kay Hooper
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About Kay

Kay's Fun Facts
Did You Know?

... my first book was a Regency?

... Hawke's scar in On Wings of Magic wasn't a scar at all?

... If There Be Dragons, published in 1984, presented my first psychic heroine?

... the Delaney project began simply because Iris, Fayrene, and I were planning a trip to Arizona and thought we could all "get a book out of it"?

... I've written for more than half a dozen publishers. My relationship with Bantam continued for more than 26 years.

... the cliffhanger endings of the first set of Delaney historicals were due to an editorial request?

... I was 22 when I sold my first book?

... Bishop and Cassie (from Stealing Shadows) are distant cousins?

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Kay Hooper was born in California, in an air force base hospital since her father was stationed there at the time. The family moved back to North Carolina shortly afterward, so she was raised and went to school there.

The oldest of three children, Kay has a brother two years younger and a sister seven years younger. Her father (now retired) and brother are builders who own a highly respected construction company, and her mother worked for many years in personnel management before becoming Kay's personal assistant, a position she held until her untimely death in March 2002. Kay's sister Linda works as her Business Manager, Events Coordinator, and Regional Publicist. Kay and Linda also co-own an independent bookstore, Fireside Books and Gifts.

Kay graduated from East Rutherford High School and attended Isothermal Community College — where she quickly discovered that business classes did not in any way enthrall her. Switching to more involving courses such as history and literature, she also began to concentrate on writing, which had been a longtime interest. Very quickly hooked, she asked for a Christmas typewriter and began seriously working on her first novel. That book, a Regency romance titled Lady Thief, sold to Dell Publishing in 1980. She has since published more than 60 novels and four novellas

Kay is single and lives in a very small town in North Carolina, not far from her father and siblings. Deigning to live with her are a flock of cats with various personalities who all like sleeping on manuscripts and whatever research happens to be spread across Kay's desk. And living amongst the many felines are two cheerfully tolerant dogs, a shelter rescue, Bandit, who looks rather like a small sheepdog, and a Sheltie named Lizzie. Visit Kay's Pets Page for pics!

Kay also fosters cats and kittens for the Community Pet Center, a non-profit rescue organization on whose board she also sits.

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