Betina Krahn ...


"One of the premier names in romance, renowned for her warm sense of humor and sensual style..." Bantam Books To date,  thirty  Betina Krahn bestselling books have been taken home from bookstores and been eagerly read, passed around, and often saved as a keeper. The foreign  translations  number more than 37 and can be found in countries from Russia to Portugal and China to Brazil to Japan and her work is regularly included in the EuroClub Book Club and Germany's Historical Gold.  Her works have won numerous industry awards, including winner of the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award for Love and Laughter and RWA's coveted RITA, and have appeared on prestigious bestseller lists. 

What makes her books so popular and her readers so loyal?  Readers say Betina's books are hard to put down ... even when nature calls.  It's the pleasure of slipping into the minds and hearts of people in her character driven stories.  Of getting lost in stories of humor and hope and enduring love.  Of taking a journey with characters they'd like to make a part of their lives.

It is Betina Krahn’s women characters that readers acclaim and most count upon… smart, daring, strong, perceptive, independent, attractive, lovable, endearing, rousing, sexy, and ofttime inspiring… they are the compelling hallmarks of her bestselling novels.  Want an example?  Click Excerpt (here) or the Excerpt Menu button above and read an excerpt from the pages of Betina's July 1, 2009 new Harlequin Blaze book Make Me Yours (4- Stars Romantic Times review), introducing heroine Mariah Eller, and read the opening pages of RITA Winner The Book of True Desires as Betina introduces Cordelia Blackburn, Hardacre Blackburn, and Goodnight.

Writer... author... mother of two(sons), and owner of two(dogs!)... Betina Krahn was born in Huntington, West VA to educators Dors Maynard and Regina Maynard.  Books were revered in the household.  Betina learned to read at age four, entered her first art contest at age five, and began making up stories at age six.  In fifth grade, she won a silver "N.O.O.B." pin (Noble Order of Bookworms) for her achievements in reading; in the sixth grade, she began to write; and in the seventh grade, she penned several screenplays for popular TV shows.

She acquired a B.S. in Education, majoring in Biological Sciences at Ohio University, and a M. Ed. in Counseling at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

A friend gave her a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss's historical romance, Shanna.  Captured by the combination of history and romance, she was soon constructing plots and characters of her own and began pouring them out, long hand, onto yellow legal pads.

Betina's husband, Don Krahn, and her sister, Sharon Stone, encouraged her to submit her first finished manuscript for publication.  Zebra Books offered her a contract for Rapture's Ransom. 

After her third book, husband Don encouraged her to write full time.  She signed with literary agent Ruth Cohen, joined RWA, and learned and worked and celebrated with writer friends from all over the country.  In time, there came better contracts with Avon Books and then Bantam.

Success came paired with loss.  Don died of cancer just six weeks after The Perfect Mistress first appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List.  Intent on providing Nathan and Zeb, her two sons, a home and sense of family, over the next several years she saw her sons through college and on to law school and graduate school, respectively. 

Now, again, her life is expanding in all sorts of wonderful ways... including two lovely daughters-in-law Kristine and Krista, and three grandchildren, to date, Nicholas, Michael, and Kate. 

Through the ups and downs of life Betina has managed to maintain her sense of humor.  For example in an award ceremony to over a thousand attending writers, she recently said ...”I finally achieved my lifelong dream of moving to Florida and owning a swimming pool.  I am so delighted; I don't even mind the temporary dizziness that comes from blowing it up...  It is so much better than the beach, where those Greenpeace do-gooders kept trying to push me back into the water."

It is in Florida she met Rex and fell in love for a second time.  Rex is supportive, insightful, and spiritual and creative... loves cooking, movies, books, music and cars as much as she does.  He is an avid reader and soulful intellect who challenges her to deepen and broaden her work.

The sunshine Betina has always craved is providing a burst of energy.  A new agent, Gail Fortune of the Talbot-Fortune Agency is helping her explore new publishing options. 

Betina is in the midst of completing another historical novel and tackling some long-incubated contemporary women's fiction with a hoot of a character.  If that is not enough, she is also working on some non-fiction ideas for a cherished project involving 'Compassion'.

Betina is an optimist.  She believes deeply in humor and love.  It infuses everything she does.  She is confident in the potential of her fellow humans to learn and grow and give of themselves.  She believes the thing the world needs as much as it needs love... is laughter.

 At Home With Betina Krahn

At Home With Betina Krahn
Pictured, Betina at home with Rex and Tyke(their Miniature Schnauzer).