Jean Thomas, Author
I have to tell you that the publishing industry is a crazy business. For instance, my real name is Bob Rogers. It’s a good name, but I’ve never published a book with it on the cover. It seemed appropriate when I began writing romance that I use a female pen name. I’ve used several since then, starting with Lee Rogers for Kensington. When I moved on to Berkley, I became Jean Barrett and stayed Jean Barrett through Dorchester, Five Star, The Wild Rose Press, and Harlequin Intrigue. I became Jean Thomas when I began writing Harlequin Romantic Suspense. If you add up all of my published books, there are twenty-nine of them, many printed in both English and foreign editions as well as e-book and audio book, and one in hardback. They’ve made such best seller lists as Waldenbooks, B. Dalton and BookScan.
I was the proud recipient of the National Booksellers’ Best Award and twice won the National Write Touch Readers’ Award. My statewide chapter of Romance Writers of America presented me with the Lifetime Achievement Award. It sits in a place of honor in the home I share with my beloved wife, Laura, on Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan shoreline. The Mysterious Disappearance of Adam Story, which will be released by Divine Garden Press, is my thirtieth book.