Danielle Steel was born on 14 August 1947. She has written more than 160 books, with many of her best sellers turned into movies. She published her first novel, Going Home in 1973. Through popular works like A Perfect Stranger (1983), Kaleidoscope (1987), Zoya (1988), Heartbeat (1991) and The Gift (1994).
Steel established a definitive style, her novels often centered around strong, glamorous women who overcome major obstacles en route to love and fulfillment. Her recent titles are The Apartment, Past Perfect and Fall From Grace. Steel has also published a book of poetry, 1984’s Love: Poems, and the Max and Martha and Freddie children’s series. Her nonfiction titles include A Gift of Hope: Helping the Homeless (2012) and Pure Joy: The Dogs We Love (2013).
In 2002, Ms. Steel was decorated by the French government as an “Officier” of the distinguished Order of Arts and Letters, for her lifetime contribution to world culture.