Valerie Sherwood

The Cat Lady Romance Author of the Tidewater

Valerie Sherwood Life and Career

Jeanne Hines was born on July 29, 1922, in West Virginia, USA, although she came to live and love the coastal areas of the American South, a place she would often include in her novels.

Initially a journalist, she turned to writing Gothic novels under her own name from 1973 to 1977. Afterwards, she would write one romance novel as Rosamond Royal and several famously as Valerie Sherwood.

Valerie Sherwood Books

Sherwood’s first historical romance, This Loving Torment, was published for Warner Books in 1977, taking advantage of the bodice ripper explosion in publishing.

She would write 10 books with them from 1977 to 1984. In 1985 Sherwood would release her wonderful “Song” pirate trilogy for Pocket Books. To Love a Rogue and Lisbon, her last books would be published by National American Library, under their imprints. Lisbon, her final novel, was released in a hardcover edition first in 1989 by Dutton books. The Onyx paperback edition came out in 1990.

Her only book as Rosamond Royal was Popular Library’s Rapture in 1978.

Rapture, Rosamond Royal, Popular Library, 1978, cover artist unknown

Her Legacy and Death

No mere 80,000 words were enough to describe the worlds Sherwood created, with most of her books running well over 500 pages and some were parts of longer series. Her romances would be inhabited by dashing Cavaliers, pirates, rogues, and highwaymen. Often she would tell parallel love stories about more than one couple.

There’s something quite notable about Sherwood besides her swashbuckling romances: she was quite the eccentric cat lady, something to which I can very much relate. Every book of hers would be lovingly and effusively dedicated to a special cat in she’d known. She had a great many cats in her life, like many feline fanciers tend to do.

Ever, the wild character, Jeanne Hines passed away at the age of 92 on August 23, 2014.


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