Julie Garwood was raised in Kansas City, Missouri, the sixth of seven children in a large Irish family. She has five sisters: Sharon, Kathleen, Marilyn, Mary Colette "Cookie", and Joanne, and one brother: Tom. After having a tonsillectomy at age six, because she missed so much school, she did not learn to read as the other children her age did. She was eleven before her mother realized Garwood was unable to read. A math teacher, Sister Elizabeth, devoted the entire summer that year to teaching Garwood how to read, and how to enjoy the stories she was reading. This teacher had such an impact on Garwood's life that she named her daughter Elizabeth.
While studying to be an R.N., Garwood took a Russian history course and became intrigued by history, choosing to pursue a double major in history and nursing. A professor, impressed by the quality of her essays, convinced Garwood to write. The result was a children's book, A Girl Named Summer, and her first historical novel, Gentle Warrior.
She married young and had three children: Gerry, Bryan, and Elizabeth, the family resides in Leawood, Kansas. Although Garwood enjoyed her writing, she was not intending to pursue a career as an author. As a young wife and mother she took several freelance writing jobs, and wrote longer stories to amuse herself. After her youngest child started school, Garwood began attending local writers' conferences, where she soon met an agent. The agent sold both her children's book and her historical novel, and soon the publisher requested more historical romances.
Garwood's novels are particularly known for the quirkiness of her heroines, who tend to have an ability to get lost anywhere, clumsiness, and a "charming ability to obfuscate and change the direction of conversations to the consternation, frustration, but eventual acceptance of the other party." She is not afraid to tackle difficult issues, and one of her books deals with spousal abuse. Her novels are very historically accurate, and Garwood has been known to scour the library at the University of Kansas to find three sources confirming a fact before she includes it in one of her books.
Despite her success in the historical romance genre, Garwood ventured into a new genre and began writing contemporary romantic suspense novels. Like her historicals, these contemporaries still focus on family relationships, whether between blood relatives or groups of friends who have styled themselves as a family.
Her first contemporary offering, Heartbreaker, was optioned for film and was serialized in Cosmopolitan magazine.
Highlands' Lairds Series
Ransom(.pdf) Link1 Link2
The Secret(.pdf) Link1 Link2
Shadow Music(.doc) Link1 Link2
Crown's Spies Series
Castles(.pdf) Link1 Link2
Lion's Lady(.pdf) Link1 Link2
Guardian Angel (.doc) Link1 Link2
The Gift(.doc) Link1 Link2
Lairds' Brides Series
TheWedding(.pdf) Link1 Link2
The Bride(.pdf) Link1 Link2
Clayborne of Rosehill Series
For the Roses(.html) Link1 Link2
One Pink Rose(.lit) Link1 Link2
One White Rose(.lit) Link1 Link2
One Red Rose(.lit) Link1 Link2
Come the Spring(.txt) Link1 Link2
Gentle Warrior(.pdf) Link1 Link2
Honor's Splendour(.pdf) Link1 Link2
Saving Grace(.pdf) Link1 Link2
The Prize(.pdf) Link1 Link2
Prince Charming(.pdf) Link1 Link2
FBI 03 - Killjoy(.lit) Link1 Link2
Strangers In The Night(.lit) Link1 Link2
Lady Johanna(.DOC) Link1 Link2
Montana(.doc_ Link1 Link2
Compasion(.PDF) Link1 Link2
Buchanan 6 - Shadow Dance (Ballantine)(.pdf) Link1 Link2
Wiosna(.pdf) Link1 Link2
FBI 01 - Heartbreaker(.pdf) Link1 Link2
Mercy(.pdf) Link1 Link2
Murder List(.pdf) Link1 Link2
Sizzle(.pdf) Link1 Link2
Lyon's Pride(.lit) Link1 Link2
Julie Garwood- Collection - 15 Books(.lit) Link1 Link2