Publication Order of Standalone Novels
Publication Order of Max & Martha Children's Books
|Martha's New Daddy||(1989)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Max and the Baby-sitter||(1989)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Martha's Best Friend||(1989)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Max's Daddy Goes to the Hospital||(1989)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Max's New Baby||(1989)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Martha's New School||(1989)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Max Runs Away||(1990)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Martha's New Puppy||(1990)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Max and Grandma and Grampa Winky||(1991)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Martha and Hilary and the Stranger||(1991)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Freddie Children's Books
|Freddie's Trip||(1992)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Freddie's First Night Away||(1992)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Freddie and the Doctor||(1992)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Freddie's Accident||(1992)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Short Story Collections
Publication Order of Picture Books
Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books
|His Bright Light||(1998)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|A Gift of Hope: Helping the Homeless||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
About Danielle Steel:
It is typical for every society to have certain unique traditions and outstanding people. The one, timeless tradition that will continue being a culture among different societies is book reading. This is because stories have a way of reaching out to everybody regardless of age or race. Moreover, great authors are identified by their ability to capture readers in this manner. Danielle Steel stands out as more than just a great author. She is a heroine in her own right, thanks to her creation of some of the greatest stories of all time. Her fans are numerous and cut across the age divide. Her books cover the genres of romance, drama and fiction.
Biography of Danielle Steel
New York City, August 14, 1947 is the place and time that Steel was born. Her father, John Steel was the proprietor of a firm that produced drugs.Steel’s mother the other hand was a socialite. They named her Danielle- Fernande Dominique-Schulein Steel. She spent her early childhood days in France where she lived with both parents. At the age of seven though, her parents divorced and she went on to live with her father mostly in New York and Europe. Steel grew up under the catholic faith and even wanted to be a nun someday.
Steel attended her schooling in her hometown.She first went to a French school which was a preparatory school in Manhattan. On most occassions she was alone at home as her father was away on business. This allowed her to focus on her studies more leading her to excel in school. In 1963, at the age of fifteen, she graduated from this school and was then ready for college. In her bid to actualize her dream of working in the fashion circles, she joined a school of design. This was short-lived though as she left after a short while. She enlisted into New York University. There, she majored in French Literature. In 1967, she left college.
At the age of eighteen, Danielle Steel got married to Claude- Eric Lazard, a French-American banker. She juggled her roles as a wife and student at the university as she began writing.However, this was not really the first time she wrote. As a child, she wrote stories and as a teenager she penned poetry. She completed her first manuscript at the age of nineteen. At twenty, she got her first child, Beatrix. After nine years of marriage, Lazard and Steel divorced. Steel went through several other divorces afterwards following her subsequent marriages. She divorced her fifth husband of four years in 2002. All in all, Steel got nine children. One of her sons, Nicholas, died in 1997 following an overdose of heroin. In honor of her son’s memory, Steel wrote a book about his life and death.
The literary works of Danielle Steel
The novels by Steel have always been bestsellers, most of them topping honorary lists. Over 800 million copies of her books have been sold all across the world. Moreover, many of her books have been translated to more than twenty eight languages circulating in over forty seven countries across the globe.Her writing expertise spreads to include children’s fiction and poetry. Most of her books carry a similar theme. Usually, the story involves characters in some sort of crisis which threatens to meddle in their relationship. More often than not, the stories focus on pertinent life issues such as family crises, death, relationships, suicide, divorce, war and illness. Some of her books have been inspired by true events in her life such as her relationships with her ex-husbands. Another unique feature about Danielle Steel is her principle not write sequels. This is in a bid to avoid comparisons to her other novels, so she says.
She is quite the queen of awards and other literary honors. In 2002 she received an award from the French government for her contribution to their culture and that of the world at large. Her name has entered the legendary Guiness Book when one or more of her books topped the Times Bestsellers List for a consecutive 380 times. Twenty two of her books have been made into television adaptations. Two of them received Golden Globe nominations. In 2005, Danielle Steel also got into an agreement with New Line Home Entertainment that they purchase the film rights of thirty of her novels. These would be turned into DVDs.
The title of her first novel is Going Home, published by Pocket Books in 1973 earning her $3500. Unfortunately, the five subsequent books she wrote were rejected. Her breakthrough came in 1977 when Passion’s Promise, her 2nd book was published. Thereafter, it was novel after novel, bestsellers that continued to increase her fan base. Family Album and The Long Road Home are two of the books she wrote that came to top the New York Bestseller’s list.
Family Album was first published in 1985 by Random House. The story carries Steel’s familiar theme of important life issues. It unravels the life story of Faye Price Thayer, who survived the World War II and lived eventfully until her death later on. She starts out as a Hollywood actress rising to become the first female director in Hollywood. The intrigues of the story though are provided by the events of her family life; marriage, her children’s birth, the storms of her marriage relationship with her husband. It tells of how she navigates through them and come out stronger from the lifelong processes.
The Long Road Home features Gabriella Harrison who has grown up being battered by her mother. Her father is an alcoholic who seems to be overwhelmed by the events at home and decides to leave with another woman. Her mother, who hates children chooses to abandon Gabriella in a convent. She blossoms among the nuns and becomes a writer. Later on she falls in love with a priest. When the affair comes to light, the priest commits suicide and she is evicted from the convent. Despite all her misfortunes, Gabriella begins a new life pursuing her talent for writing and finding new friends and new love. Still, she is trailed with more sorrows all of which she patiently triumphs to live a happy life.