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LaVyrle Spencer

USA (1943 - )

LaVyrle was born on July 17, 1943 in Browerville, Minnesota, USA, where shegrew up. Married with her high school sweetheart Dan Spencer, shortly afterher graduation, a decision she calls the wisest choice of her life. They hadtwo daughters, Amy and Beth (d. 1990).

LaVyrle worked as a teacher's aide at Osseo Junior High School, when in herthirties, she read Kathleen Woodiwiss's novel "The Flame and Flower",which gave her the idea to become a novelist. She decided to trytransferring to paper a recurring dream she was having about a story basedon her grandmother's lifestyle on a Minnesota farm. Her story became herfirst manuscript, "The Fulfillment", and she sent it to Kathleen Woodiwiss.The bestselling author read the novel and promptly mailed it to her owneditor at Avon. The editor purchased the novel, which was published in 1979.She was inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame in 1988.She wrote 23 sweet historical and contemporany novels. Published around theworld, her works had included 12 New York Times Bestsellers, and have beenwon 4 RITA Awards, 3 Golden Medallion Award and a Minnesota Book Awards.LaVyrle said: "the trademark of my books is mending relationships, showingpeople how to mend relationships."

LaVyrle was a founding member of the Midwest Fiction Writers (MFW), chapter24 of the Romance Writers of America. Four of LaVyrle's novels was producedas television movies: The Fulfillment in 1989 (She and her husband appear asextras in the film), Morning Glory in 1993, Home Song in 1996 and FamilyBlessings in 1999.
LaVyrle and her husband are grandparents. Her husband was a retiredestimator for a general contractor, and she also decided to retire fromwriting in 1997, after an 18 year career. They live in a Victorian housein her native Minnesota, where she enjoyes gardening, cooking, playing bassguitar and electric piano, and photography.
 
Awards
Rita Awards Best Novel winner (1983) : The Endearment
Rita Awards Best Novel winner (1984) : Hummingbird
Rita Awards Best Novel winner (1985) : Twice Loved
Rita Awards Best Novel winner (1988) : The Gamble
Rita Awards Best Novel winner (1990) : Morning Glory


LaVyrle Spencer recommends
Fancy Pants
Fancy Pants (1989)
(American's Lady, book 2)
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
"Refreshingly original, witty and touching."



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