Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein Steel born on 14th August, 1947, but more famously known as Danielle Steele is renowned all over the world for her widely read romantic novels, which have established her unprecedented status as one of the most commercially successful romantic novelists of all time.
Danielle Steel was born in New York City. Her father’s name was John Schulein-Steel, who was a descendant of the founders and makers of Löwenbräu beer, and her mother’s name was Norma da Câmara Stone dos Reis, the daughter of a Portuguese diplomat. Danielle spent a major part of her childhood in France, where from a very young age; she was allowed to attend the dinner parties of her parents, which gave her the opportunity to observe the reckless habits and lifestyles of rich families. Her parents divorced when she was merely seven years old. She was brought up in New York and Europe mainly, by her father, and very rarely saw her mother.
Steel took to writing stories when she was a child and by the time she reached her teens, she also began to write a whole lot of poetry. She graduated from the Lycee Francais de New York in 1963; she mainly studied literature and fashion design initially at the Parson School of Design in 1963 and later at the New York University from 1963-1967.
Steel landed a job with a PR firm called Supergirls Ltd. Her work included creating innovative PR campaigns and hosting parties for customers and clients.
She came out with her first novel in 1973. While she was working in advertising, Steel also published a couple of poems in women’s magazines.
Her first commercial best seller was published, which was called “The Promise” was published in 1978. Since then she wrote a range of novels, and has continuously enjoyed success amounting to a massive total of 57 bestsellers.
Steel’s books are particularly enjoyed by women all over the world owing to the romantic settings of her novels. Her novels have also proven to be very popular for movie adaptations.
In addition, Steel has also written poetry and her first collection called ‘Love: Poems by Danielle Steel was published in 1984. She has also written books for children, published some non fiction books and also written several articles for different magazines.