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What makes lawyers great romance novelists? (gallery and podcast)

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What makes lawyers great romance novelists? (gallery and podcast)

Feb 13, 2014, 05:15 pm CST


Listen now: What makes lawyers great romance novelists? (gallery and podcast)

In This Podcast:

Grace Burrowes

Grace Burrowes grew up in central Pennsylvania and is the sixth out of seven children. She has bachelor's degrees in political science and music history from Pennsylvania State University; a master's degree in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University; and a JD from George Washington University. Her debut novel, The Heir, was chosen as one of the Publishers Weekly Top Five Romances for 2010. She is a child welfare attorney in Maryland.

Julie James

After graduating from law school, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Julie James clerked for the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. She then practiced law with one of the nation's largest firms for several years until she began writing screenplays. After Hollywood producers optioned two of her scripts, she decided to leave the practice of law to write full-time. James' books have been listed on the American Library Association's Reading List for Top Genre Novels, Booklist's Top 10 Romances of the Year, and have been translated into 15 languages. She lives with her husband and two children in Chicago, where she is currently working on her next book.

Courtney Milan

Courtney Milan's books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. She's been a New York Times and a USA Today best-seller and lives in the Rocky Mountains with her husband, her marginally trained dog and an attack cat. Courtney graduated from Michigan Law School summa cum laude and had clerkships at the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She worked as a law professor before resigning to write full-time.

Lauren Willig

Lauren Willig is the New York Times best-selling author of 11 works of historical fiction. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, awarded the RITA, Booksellers Best and Golden Leaf awards, and chosen for the American Library Association's annual list of the best genre fiction. After graduating from Yale University, she embarked on a PhD in English History at Harvard before leaving academia to acquire a JD at Harvard Law while authoring her "Pink Carnation" series of Napoleonic-set novels. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.

Note: We refer to all our interviewees by their pen names.

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