Shirley Hailstock, best-selling, award-winning novelist, holds a bachelors degree in Chemistry from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA in Chemical Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ. Her initial wish was to join the space program.Hailstock is a past president of Romance Writers of America, the largest genre writing organization in the world with more than 10,000 members. She's active locally and nationally, having served on the National Board of Directors for seven years. She is also a past president of the New Jersey Romance Writers and a past officer of Women Writers of Color. She writes contemporary romantic suspense, paranormal, historical romance and mainstream women's fiction. Under the Sheets, Hailstock's debut romantic suspense received critical acclaim from the Gothic Journal, Romantic Times Magazine, Affaire de Coeur, Rendezvous and Booklist. Hailstock is one of the authors of the inaugural line of ethnic romances initially published by Pinnacle Books, but is now part of Harlequin Enterprises' family of imprints. Under the Sheets, winner of the HOLT Medallion from the Virginia Romance Writers, is now in its 4th printing and was optioned for a television movie (option expired).
Clara’s Promise, Hailstock’s first historical romance, won the Utah Romance Writers' Heart of the West Award. Her other novels continue to make best-seller lists and garner awards including the Romantic Times Award as the Best Multicultural Romance and the Waldenbooks Award. Additionally, Hailstock holds a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times Magazine, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York City Chapter of RWA, and an Emma Merritt Service Award from RWA. Her novel, Legacy, is listed as one of the 100 Greatest Romance Novels of the 20th Century.Hailstock is the author of over 35 novels and novellas. Her next novel in her series, Weddings by Diana, is titled Someone Like You.It will be released in August 2014. Living in Central New Jersey, Hailstock has been an Adjunct Professor of Accounting at Rutgers University, New Brunswick campus and Novel Writing at Middlesex County College and Seton Hill University.
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