Sandra Brown is an American author born in 1948 in Waco, Texas who has also written novels under pseudonyms like Laura Jordan, Erin St. Claire and Rachel Ryan. Raised in Fort Worth, Brown attended Texas Christian University, though her decision to marry Michael Brown in 1968 drove her to leave college. Probably inspired by Michael, a former television news anchor, and documentarian, Sandra Brown briefly worked as a Weathercaster for KLTV before joining WFAA-TV as a reporter.
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The author didn’t begin pursuing her literary career until 1981, Brown taking up the challenge on a dare from her husband. The dare more than paid off, with Brown going on to write over fifty New York Times Bestsellers. Brown primarily writes romantic novels and suspense thrillers, though she managed to surprise her fans in 2009 when she wrote Rainwater. The book explores a historical fiction story set during the Great Depression.
Sandra Brown Awards
Brown has a pretty amazing bibliography, so it is hardly a surprise that she has garnered so many notable accolades during her lengthy career, this including the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Business Women’s Association’s Distinguished Circle of Success and the A.C. Green Award.
Brown received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University. Additional accolades including being named Thriller Master for 2008.
Sandra Brown Books to Movies
While Sandra Brown has written a large number of books over several years, only three of them have received movie adaptations:
French Silk was adapted into a Television Movie in 1994. Featuring R. Lee Ermey and Susan Lucci, the movie revolves around the murder of a televangelist who targeted the female founder of the French Silk mail order catalog, calling her sinful.
Based on the 2008 novel of the same name, Smoke Screen tells the story of Britt Shelley, a television reporter that made her name by breaking a massive story about arson at a police station, and then, several years later, wakes up next to the corpse of one of the detectives that was involved in her story, unable to recall her role in his death. The movie was released in 2011.
The novel White Hot was released in 2004. Fans got the movie adaptation in 2016. The story follows a strikingly beautiful interior designer that must put her plans for a big project on hold to return home to help out at her injured father’s tulip farm.
Best Sandra Brown Books
Sandra Brown’s bibliography is not only impressive but quite vast; so selecting the best books amongst her body work is no easy task, though these are definitely among some of the most impressive titles she has delivered:
Envy: As the daughter of a publisher and wife of Noah Reed, a bestselling author, it is rare for an unsolicited submission to so thorough entice Maris Matherly-Reed. However, that is exactly what happens when a writer only called P.M.E sends her a partial manuscript.
Despite the return address being an obscure island off the Georgia coast, the author’s blockbuster potential drives Maris to search for him. Parker Evans, the man she finds on a ruined cotton plantation, is determined to conceal his entire life and identity.
None the less, Maris happily works with him to complete his story about two friends who charter a boat with a young woman to undertake an excursion that only one person returns from.
Even as her attraction to Parker grows, Maris becomes convinced that his story might be more than just fiction. Undaunted by the potential risks, Maris begins to search for the truth.
Envy is a remarkable book and the perfect first novel for anyone new to Sandra Brown’s work. The characters are great and well-rounded, and the mystery is intriguing and tantalizing and surprisingly eerie. This book will speak to most fans of suspense thrillers.
Alibi: Hammond Cross has one goal, and that is to become the city’s next district attorney without sacrificing his integrity. Born into a fine old Charleston family, nothing can stop him, especially when Hammond turns his attention to the murder of a real estate magnate that could make his career.
However, even as Hammond reaches for his goal, one party in his immediate vicinity works to bring him down.
Sandra Brown really brings Charlotte, South Carolina to life. The location is just as exciting to follow as the characters. Not many authors are as effective as Brown at building side characters.
Brown gives every member of her cast a notable role to play.