Author Spotlight: Cassie Edwards

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Cassie Edwards

For my first author spotlight for Sweet Savage Flame, I want to focus on the prolific but controversial author Cassie Edwards

The Rise

Biographical information for Mrs. Edwards is fairly limited. She says on the back cover of her book Savage Surrender that she became interested in writing romance novels after reading books her friends gave her.

Mrs. Edwards’s first book, Portrait of Desire, a traditional historical romance, was published by Kensington’s Zebra imprint in June 1982.

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Portrait of Desire, Cassie Edwards, Zebra, 1982, cover art Walter Popp

Over the course of the next 27 years, Mrs. Edwards authored 108 books. Four different publishing houses released them: Dorchester, Harlequin, Kensington, and Signet.

In total, Mrs. Edwards wrote:

  • 3 novellas that appear in anthologies.
  • 6 series:
    • Chippewa: 5 books.
    •  Dreamcatcher Indian: 3 books.
    •  Savage: 35 books. 
    •  Savage Secrets: 12 books.
    • Wild Arizona: 6 books.
    • Wild Tribes: 4 books. (Note: the 6 Wild Arizona and two of the Wild Tribes books are published under two different names by two different publishers.)
  • Approximately 41 standalone books. (It was hard to count them all). 

Mrs. Edwards was a highly successful author, appearing on the New York Times bestselling books list and winning two Romantic Times awards. Her books sold more than 10 million copies.

The Crash and Burn

In early 2008, the romance novel blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books accused Mrs. Edwards of significant acts of plagiarism. At first, Signet, her most recent publisher, defended her. Later they dropped Mrs. Edwards from their author roster.

Afterward, Mrs. Edwards claimed she didn’t know she had to credit sources for her material.

Her last book, Savage Dawn, was published in September 2009.

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Savage Dawn, Cassie Edwards, Leisure, 2009, cover artist unknown

(Disclosure: I am a fan of Mrs. Edwards’ work. I also own many of her books, including almost all of her books with Native American characters. At the time I began collecting these books, I was aware of the allegations against her).

In an upcoming post, I will write about Mrs. Edwards’s formula for her Native American romance novels. 

Reviews of Cassie Edwards’ Books:


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About Jacqueline Diaz

Old-School, retro, and vintage romance reads are my jam, baby! The good, the bad, the cheesy, and the sleazy! I have no shame about it; I love ’em! An auto-didact, amateur historian, and reader of romance novels since 1990, I hope to offer a unique perspective on the genre. As a blogger, you may know me by several names; here, I’m Jacqueline Diaz. I’m also the aspiring author of two works-in-progress, historical romances, The Savage Noble and What She Says with Her Eyes, which hopefully will be released in 2023.

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