Elizabeth Lowell has written a variety of genres under a variety of names, some with her husband Evan Maxwell and some on her own. But it is her romance novels -- starring the romantic, swashbuckling Donovan family -- that have been her biggest solo success.
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Also Known As:
Ann Maxwell; A .E. Maxwell; Annalise Sun; Lowell Charters
Date of Birth:
April 5, 1944
Place of Birth:
B. A., University of California, 1966
Career Achievement Award, Romantic Times, 1994, 1999; Best Historical Romance, Romance Writers of America, 1994; Lifetime Achievement Award, 1994
|Defending the "Escapist" and "Formulaic"|
|Bothered by the put-downs she sees directed at genre fiction, Lowell -- who has written sci-fi, mystery and romance -- defends all three in a lengthy essay on her web site. "Contrary to what the critics tell us," she writes, "popular fiction is not a swamp of barely literate escapism; popular fiction is composed of ancient myths newly reborn, telling and retelling a simple truth: ordinary people can do extraordinary things." |
|The Rarities Books||Reinventing the Past|
Lowell recently began a series of books focusing on sought-after, ultimately dangerous relics. This second installment finds a casino owner and his employee getting more than they bargained for with a gold artifact that comes their way.
Eden Burning is the latest in a number of books Lowell has revised and expanded. Taking the story of 1986's Fires of Eden, Lowell "reimagines" the story of two emotionally wounded scientists who fall in love while on a Hawaiian research project.
|Photo by Sigrid Estrada||