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New Jersey Literary Hall of Fame inductee Fern Michaels, born Mary Ruth Kuczkir in Hastings, Pennsylvania, USA, is known throughout the United States for her page-turner romance novels.
As a single mom, this highly successful writer, put her five children "through college on [her] own with no help from anyone." Her appreciation of the importance of education and
her dedication to helping others is exemplified through The Fern Michaels Foundation that she established in 1990. She awards two full university scholarships annually to worthy students who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend a university. In addition, she has opened child care centers that offer reasonable rates to accommodate working single moms. She enjoys writing about women who overcome obstacles and adversities and rise above their problems by means of their intelligence, determination, perseverance, and persistence to overcome and to prevail.
"First crack out of the gate there was no one
standing in the wings to encourage me. My
husband, at the time, did everything possible to
discourage me. Words such as 'Stupid is as
stupid does' came up. . . . Phyllis Whitney said I
should 'keep doing whatever I was doing' which
was being a wife and a mother," says Fern
Michaels can smile serenely about all this
now--as she hikes with her five dogs on her many
acres in sunny South Carolina and returns to her
southern mansion that she shares with a ghost
named Mary Margaret. Fern took the rejection
and the pain and interwove them magically with
her remarkable storytelling abilities to create
durable and exquisite tapestries that titillate and
inspire her readers.
In unique novel after unique novel, she shows
women who find themselves in the most
inexplicable relationships and explosive
situations--brought there sometimes by innocence
and sometimes by short-sightedness--but after
adversities and opportunities, they gain wisdom
and vision and become empowered to live full
and happy lives.
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