Sarah MacLean at the Romance Writers of America Conference, July 2015, New York, NY
|Born||December 17, 1978|
Lincoln, Rhode Island, United States
|Alma mater||BA Smith College, MA Harvard University|
|Genre||Young Adult, Historical, Romance|
|Notable works||Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake|
|Notable awards||RITA award – Best Historical Romance|
2014 No Good Duke Goes Unpunished
RITA award – Best Historical Romance
2013 A Rogue by Any Other Name
Sarah MacLean (born December 23, 1978) is a New York Times bestselling American author of young adult novels and romance novels. Her first adult romance novel, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, where it stayed for four weeks. Since then, all of her adult romance novels have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Since February 2014, MacLean has written a monthly romance novel review column for The Washington Post. She is a two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Historical Romance for A Rogue by Any Other Name in 2013 and No Good Duke Goes Unpunished in 2014. She's also the co-host of the Fated Mates podcast.
MacLean was born in Lincoln, Rhode Island to an Italian father and a British mother. MacLean's website reports that her mother was a spy, and worked for MI6. MacLean started reading romance because her older sister read the books, and she has wanted to be a romance novelist since she was a teenager. In 2000, MacLean received a BA in American Studies from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. While at Smith, MacLean and her friends read hundreds of romance novels.
MacLean moved to New York City in 2000, and worked as a literary publicist until she attended graduate school at Harvard University, receiving a master's degree in education. Upon returning to New York City, she wrote her first book, a young adult novel, The Season, after a friend suggested she try her hand at writing for teens. The book, set in Regency England, received numerous awards, and was named to the 2010 Lone Star Reading List of the Texas Library Association.
After The Season, MacLean wrote her first adult romance novel, Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, a Regency historical. The book debuted on the USA Today Bestseller List and the New York Times Bestseller List, where it stayed for four weeks, and was the first recipient of the Romantic Times Magazine Seal of Excellence.
MacLean is a self-proclaimed feminist and speaks widely on the intersection of feminism and the romance genre. She is a vocal defender of the literary merit of the romance novel and the skill it takes to write it well. In February 2014, MacLean began writing a monthly romance review column for The Washington Post. In July 2019, she hosted the Romance Writers of America RITA Awards.
In 2018, she started the Fated Mates podcast with critic Jen Prokop featuring long form analysis of tropes and books from the genre.
She and her husband live in Brooklyn, New York. She is extremely active in social media, and often discusses her daily life on Twitter and Instagram.
Love By Numbers Series
- Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake. Avon. March 2010 . ISBN 9780061852053.
- Ten Ways to be Adored When Landing a Lord. Avon. October 26, 2010 . ISBN 9780061852060.
- Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart. Avon. April 26, 2011 . ISBN 9780061852077.
The Rules of Scoundrels
- A Rogue By Any Other Name. Avon. February 28, 2012 . ISBN 9780062068521.
- One Good Earl Deserves A Lover. Avon. January 29, 2013 . ISBN 9780062068538.
- No Good Duke Goes Unpunished. Avon. November 26, 2013 . ISBN 9780062068545.
- Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover. Avon. November 2014 . ISBN 9780062068514.
Scandal and Scoundrel
- The Rogue Not Taken. Avon. January 2016 . ISBN 9780062379412.
- A Scot in the Dark. Avon. September 2016 . ISBN 9780062379429.
- The Day of the Duchess. Avon. July 2017 . ISBN 9780062379467.
Young adult novels
Awards and reception
- 2010 - Texas Library Association Lone Star Reading List for The Season
- 2010 (April) - Romantic Times Magazine Seal of Excellence for Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
- 2013 - Romance Writers of America, RITA Award for Best Historical Romance for A Rogue By Any Other Name
- 2014 - Romance Writers of America, RITA Award for Best Historical Romance for No Good Duke Goes Unpunished
Maclean has hit the New York Times Bestseller List and USA Today Bestseller List with all nine of her romance novels. She has received starred reviews for several titles from Booklist, Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, and Library Journal.
- "myRWA : RITA Awards : RITA Award Winners". www.rwa.org. Archived from the original on January 9, 2016. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
- "Fated Mates Podcast". Fated Mates Podcast. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
- Sarah MacLean. "Biography". macleanspace.com. Archived from the original on April 9, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
- Bryan Rourke (May 4, 2009). "R.I. native writes fiction that is romantic and meant for young adults". projo.com. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
- "YA month a book and a chat with Sarah MacLean". Acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com. January 16, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
- "2010 Texas Lone Star Annotated Reading List" (PDF). http://www.txla.org/. Retrieved December 6, 2010. External link in
- Christine Maddalena (April 22, 2010). "First Ever Romantic Times "Seal of Excellence" Goes to Sarah MacLean". avonromance.com. Retrieved September 23, 2010.[permanent dead link]
- "Behind the Book: "Secrets of a Wedding Night" « - Smith College Office of Alumnae Relations Smith College Office of Alumnae Relations". alumnae.smith.edu.
- "Letters". October 17, 2013 – via NYTimes.com.
- "Best new romance novels from Jill Shalvis, Cynthia Eden and Lorraine Heath". Washington Post.
- 2019 RWA RITA Awards Ceremony, retrieved August 27, 2019
- "NYTimes.com Search". query.nytimes.com.
- "Awards for Sarah MacLean". www.fictiondb.com.