Janet Dailey, a New York Times best-selling author who wrote her first book while living in Council Bluffs, died Dec. 14 from medical complications at her residence in Branson, Mo.
The 69-year-old Storm Lake native woke up every morning to a cup of coffee at 4 a.m. She would continue writing until noon, said sister-in-law Juanita Dick, 83, of Council Bluffs.
“She'd be drinking a cup of coffee and typing on her typewriter,” Dick said. “She would wake up the next day and do it again until the book was finished.”
Dailey's first book, “No Quarter Asked,” was written in 1976 in Council Bluffs, where she lived for 10 years. She went on to write 100 books.
Dailey was known for her romance novels; she published only one outside of that genre.
“Touch the Wind,” her first mass market romance novel, was on the New York Times Best-Seller List. Other books by Dailey have been on the list as well. More than 325 million copies of her books have been sold across 89 countries and have been translated into 19 languages.
The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Dailey for her Americana series, which featured a book set in each of the 50 states.
When she wasn't writing, Dailey enjoyed riding horses, camping, playing cards and spending time with her dogs.