It’s the birthday of British-American novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford (books by this author), born in Armley, England (1933). She is best known for her debut novel, A Woman of Substance (1979), which went on to sell 30 million copies worldwide. Her secret is simple: write about smart, conflicted, powerful, and attractive women. Bradford says: “I think women like to read about other women who succeed. When I was growing up, I was always interested in reading about people who made something of themselves, women who made a difference.”
Bradford’s other books include Power of a Woman (1997) and Secrets of the Past (2012). She’s written over 30 books and each one has been a best-seller.
When asked what advice she’d give to aspiring novelists, Bradford said: “You can’t be a novelist if you can’t imagine things happening that have never happened; you need to be a really good liar. A novel is a monumental lie that has the ring of truth.”