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A Family Affair

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  • ISBN-13: 9781480543607
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 7
  • Sales rank: 513,201
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Fern Michaels
Fern Michaels is the USA Today and New York Times bestselling author of the Sisterhood and Godmothers series and dozens of other novels and novellas. There are over seventy-five million copies of her books in print. Fern Michaels has built and funded several large day-care centers in her hometown, and is a passionate animal lover who has outfitted police dogs across the country with special bulletproof vests. She shares her home in South Carolina with her four dogs and a resident ghost named Mary Margaret. Visit her website at www.fernmichaels.com.

Biography

Born Mary Ruth Kuczkir in Hastings, Pennsylvania, Fern Michaels was married and the mother of five before she embarked on her long, successful writing career – a career that began with something midway between a challenge and a command. When her youngest child went off to kindergarten, Michaels's husband imperiously ordered her (in just so many words) to get off her ass and get a job. Long years in the domestic trenches had left her short on marketable skills, so she decided trade off her lifelong love of reading and write a book. Just like that. The domineering, unsupportive husband is history. And Michaels has gone on to pen bestselling romance after bestselling romance. Just like that..

With typical modesty, Michaels does not claim to be a great writer; however, she admits proudly to being a born storyteller. Her bulging bookshelf proves she is all over the map, producing with equal facility hot historicals, lighthearted contemporary capers, adrenaline-laced thrillers, and heartwarming tales of family and friendship. She is especially adept at writing stories about women who prevail in hard times – a reflection, perhaps, of her own struggles in her marriage and early career.

Raised to believe that the fortunate in life have an obligation to give back, Michaels devotes a lot of time to philanthropic concerns. She has established a foundation that grants four-year scholarships to needy students and has set up pre-schools and daycare centers for single mothers. She is also an avid animal lover and has been known to own as many as five dogs at a time.

In 1993, Michaels picked up stakes and moved from her home in New Jersey to a 300-year-old plantation house in Charleston, South Carolina. She and the dogs share the house amicably with a friendly ghost whom Fern has dubbed Mary Margaret. In addition to stopping clocks and moving pillows from room to room, Mary Margaret has been known to occasionally leave flowers on Michaels's nightstand!

Good To Know

Michaels confesses in our interview: "I'm a junk food junkie and a chocoholic. My desk drawers have more junk food in them than paper and pens. I chomp and chew all day long. At night I get up and eat Marshmallow Fluff right out of the jar. In between eating, I write."

Her first "sort of, kind of job" was in market research. Michaels recounts the gig's low-point in our interview: "I had a partner and we were testing a new pressurized drain cleaner. All you had to do was put this can in the drain, squeeze and supposedly the drain would open right up. It did, all right.

"The whole wall collapsed, and stuff that was in there for a hundred years flew everywhere. The lady didn't tell us the drain backed up to her kitchen drain and disposal. The company didn't care that we smelled like a sewer or that our clothes were ruined. The lady got a new bathroom, and we both got fired."

Michaels reveals some of her sources of inspiration: "Inspiration comes from everywhere. The title for Finders Keepers came from a cartoon with two chipmunks that my grandson was watching. I had a title but no story. I finally came up with one to fit that wonderful title.

"Names for characters sometime come from television. I had a character named Metaxis which is odd to begin with. There is a news anchor on T.V. who has that same last name. Sometimes it will just be a word someone says in passing, something I read or saw. There's no rhyme or reason to it. It's almost like, okay, I need something here, stay alert and it will happen."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Kuczkir
    2. Hometown:
      Summerville, South Carolina
    1. Education:
      High School

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  • Posted May 25, 2014

    Great Book

    A Family Affair was a very enjoyable book and I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    WHAT????!!!

    Thank God I decided to read the sample before buying this... the lead male character is beyond ridiculous; he offered her a thousand dollar bill and then proceeded to explain to his friend that he desires this woman to accept for him who he is; what is that exactly?... an arrogant jack*** who treats under-payed women as sl***!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2014

    I loved this book, it is a work of fiction so it can be written

    I loved this book, it is a work of fiction so it can be written anyway the author chooses. It is a great book that makes you root for the main character who was always a down to earth and caring, loving person. Fern Michaels is a fantastic author and I enjoy reading her books and this was no exception. It is a great read, it makes you laugh, cry and hopeful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Loved it

    True romance.

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  • Posted May 17, 2014

    Fern Michaels knows how to write a beautiful love story. There i

    Fern Michaels knows how to write a beautiful love story. There is, of course some sadness, but that’s what life is all about. There is also a good helping of revenge, which is always a good thing. This is a great book that is well worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    READ

    All young scientists go to "science" result one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Great story

    Wish the story had a happy ending

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