Catherine Coulter’s first novel came out at the end of 1978 when she had just reached puberty. It was a Regency romance because, as any published author will tell you, it’s best to limit the number of unknowns in a first book, and not only had she grown up reading Georgette Heyer, but she earned her M.A. degree in early 19th century European history.
Following The Autumn Countess (a Gothic masquerading as a Regency, she says), she wrote six more Regency romances. Her first long historical appeared in 1982, her "baby", Devil’s Embrace. She has continued to write long historicals, interspersing them with contemporary novels, beginning with False Pretenses in 1988. These days she writes one contemporary suspense novel a year and one historical romance a year.
She pioneered the trilogy/character-linked series in historical romance. They include: Song, Star, Magic, Night, Bride, Viking, and Legacy. She enjoys series because she doesn’t have to say good-bye to the characters and neither do the readers.
In 1988, she first appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List with Moonspun Magic, the third novel of the Magic trilogy. She has continued to hit the New York Times Bestseller List 42 times in a row, as well as USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Washington Post, LA Times, etc. She has 40 million copies in print worldwide.