Nina Terrero
October 17, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Kathleen Lindsay
904 Titles
The English author lived a life straight out of her own novels, marrying three times and living all over the globe.

Barbara Cartland
669 Titles
Dame Barbara — dubbed the Queen of Romance — sold more than one billion copies of her novels, which funded an extensive wardrobe in her signature pink.

Ursula Bloom
560 Titles
This rector’s daughter — and naval wife — was one of England’s best-loved historical-romance authors, with a career spanning seven decades.

W.E. Daniel Ross
294 Titles
Ross reached the height of popularity in the 1960s and ’70s with his series based on the ABC gothic soap Dark Shadows.

Marie Ferrarella
262 Titles
The German-born writer, who sold her first novel in 1981, has been translated into more than 25 languages.

Penelope Jones Halsall
238 Titles
Halsall was a secretary whose entry in a 1970s romance-writing contest caught the attention of a literary agent.

Nora Roberts
213 Titles
The prolific contemporary writer has estimated that she can churn out a novel in a mere 45 days.

Eleanor Hibbert
198 Titles
This English writer is widely credited with reviving the gothic-suspense genre with 1960’s Mistress of Mellyn.

Carole Mortimer
195 Titles
Queen Elizabeth II recently marked her contribution to literature…with a tea party.

Denise Robins
193 Titles
Born in 1897, Robins was a cofounder and the first president of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

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