Best-selling romance novelist Johanna Lindsey dead at 67

Romance novelist Johanna Lindsey died Oct. 27 in Nashua, New Hampshire, according to family members. She was 67.

Lindsey’s son, Alfred Lindsey, said she died from complications of treatment for stage 4 lung cancer, The New York Times reported. The family was too devastated by her death to announce it earlier, Alfred Lindsey told the newspaper.

Johanna Lindsey, who wrote 55 novels during her career, sold more than 60 million copies, according to her publisher, Simon & Schuster.

Her last novel, “Temptation’s Darling,” was published in July, the Times reported.

Johanna Helen Howard was born March 10, 1952, in Frankfurt, Germany, where her father was stationed in the Army, the newspaper reported. She moved to the United States when she was about 5, and she attended high school in Hawaii.

In 1977, Avon Books published Lindsey’s debut novel, “Captive Pride,” followed by “A Pirate’s Love,” “Brave the Wild Wind,” “Fires of Winter” and “Paradise Wild" over the next four years, the Times reported.

After writing 37 best-sellers for Avon, Lindsey joined Simon & Schuster in 2001, the newspaper reported.