Writers

Works by the following authors are included in this blog. Names in bold are the author’s real name, while those in bold italic are pen names.
Adams, Tracy – see O’Bryan, Sofi
Baldwin, Faith – (1893-1978) published more than 100 novels, only a few of which were medical romance novels (e.g. Private Duty, District Nurse, He Married a Doctor). She was born in New Rochelle, NY, to a wealthy lawyer, and married Hugh Cuthrell in 1920. The couple lived in Brooklyn had two sons and two daughters, including a pair of fraternal twins, but separated shortly after the birth of the twins in 1927. About ten years later she moved to a place she named Fable Farm in Norwalk, CT, where she lived for the rest of her life. She reconciled with her husband shortly before Hugh’s death in 1953. From Medical Center: “Faith Baldwin is a small, blue-eyed, vivacious author who types her own manuscripts […] She was educated at various schools in New York, and was in Germany from 1914 to 1916 finishing her education […] Although Miss Baldwin says she would ‘rather be a biologist, an actress, a doctor, an explorer’ than a novelist, her popularity as a good story-teller is reinforced by each new book.”
Banks, Rosie M. – see Jackson, Alan. The pen name of a novelist who writes florid romance novels in the fiction of P.G. Wodehouse.
Blocklinger, Peggy O’More – (1895-1975) wrote under the names Peggy O’More, Jeanne Bowman, Juliet Mann, and Betty Blocklinger. She was also a writer of children’s novels. She was born in Tacoma, Washington, and went to school in Oregon, Washington, and California. She worked as a reporter, newspaper columnist, and a librarian.
Bowman, Jeanne – see Blocklinger, Peggy O’More.
Converse, Jane – see Maritano, Adele Kay
Craig, Georgia – see Dern, Erolie Pearl (Gaddis)
Dana, Rose – see Ross, William E. Daniel
Dern, Erolie Pearl (Gaddis) – (1895-1966) wrote nurse novels under the names of Peggy Gaddis, Peggy Dern, and Georgia Craig. She also used the names Roberta Courtland, Gail Jordan, Carolina Lee, Perry Lindsay, and Joan Sherman. See “Peggy Gaddis/Peggy Dern: Bibliography of Erolie Pearl Gaddis Dern (1895-1966),” by Kenneth R. Johnson.
Dern, Peggy – see Dern, Erolie Pearl (Gaddis)
Dorset, Ruth – see Ross, William E. Daniel
Gaddis, Peggy – see Dern, Erolie Pearl (Gaddis)
Hale, Arlene – see Hale, Mary Arlene
Hale, Mary Arlene – (1924-1982) wrote more than 100 books under pseudonyms Arlene Hale, Gail Everett, Louise Christopher, and Lynn Williams. She lived in New London, Iowa, the youngest of four surviving children. Her father died when she was about seven years old when he slipped on ice while carrying a shotgun. Shortly after graduating from high school in 1941, she worked for the Iowa-Illinois Telephone Co., and on a factory assembly line during World War II. Initially she began writing poetry, and had some success with this, then wrote her first book in 1948 and became a full-time novelist in 1954, at the age of 30. She never married and lived with her mother until her death, of cancer, at age 57.
Hall, Bennie – (1887-1976) was born Bennie Caroline Humble in Tennessee. Her parents died when she was young, and she was largely raised by her grandfather. She married Alaska Edwin Hall when she was in her teens and had two sons. She moved to New York and worked on the editorial staff of several women’s magazines and wrote several columns for newspapers. She eventually became an editor for the publishing firm Arcadia House in 1940. She wrote more than 150 books, many of them romance novels under her own name, as well as some lustier novels under the pseudonym Hall Bennett.
Hamill, Ethel – see Webb, Jean Francis III
Hancock, Frances Dean – see Judson, Jeanne
Hancock, Lucy Agnes – (ca 1877-1962) was born in Brooklyn, the fifth of eight children of English immigrants. The family moved to Auburn, New York, where Lucy lived for the rest of her life with three unmarried sisters; she too never married. (Her oldest sister Florence lived at the Willard State Hospital for the insane in Ovid, New York, for at least 30 years.) She worked for International Harvester for at least 25 years and began publishing novels in 1936, when she was almost 60 years old, and became well-known for her popular nurse romances. She died on April 29, 1962.
Harris, Kathleen – see Rowe, Adelaide Morris (Humphries)
Humphries, Adelaide – see Rowe, Adelaide Morris (Humphries)
Jackson, Alan – (1906-1965) wrote under the name of Rosie M. Banks. He was a graduate of Princeton who went on to become an editor of the Saturday Evening Post and a story editor for Paramount Pictures. He also penned Perdita, Get Lost and a breakfast cookbook under his own name.
Judson, Jeanne – (1888-1981) first worked as a newspaper reporter in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Chicago; and St. Louis, Mo. She moved to New York City in 1916 and joined the editorial staff of Smart Set magazine and wrote articles for publications including Ladies Home Journal and Harper’s Bazaar. Later she worked for trade publications in New York until 1953, when she began to write romance novels full-time. She eventually published more than 70, some under the pseudonyms Emily Thorne and Frances Dean Hancock, and at least seven nurse novels.
Kellier, Elizabeth – From the author blurb in Nurse Missing: "Elizabeth Kellier was born in an English village near the city of Lichfield, but she was educated at Wolverhampton where she also attended the School of Art. She became a registered nurse in 1952, doing her training at the Royal Infirmary at Leicester. After a short period as a staff nurse there, she married an officer in the Royal Air Force. He was killed while night-flying only nine months later. Since then, she has had experience in many branches of the nursing profession and has worked in chronic and fever hospitals, private nursing homes, and as district nurse. She has lived in many parts of England and also in Wales. Several years ago a desire to write which had been with her since childhood made her turn to writing for a career. In addition to her novels she has contributed short stories and articles to a variety of magazines. She now lives near the little town of Wareham in Dorset. Her hobbies are serious music, painting and swimming."
Maritano, Adela Kay – (1918-2002) wrote under the names of Jane Converse, Kay Martin, and Adela Gale (books written with this pseudonym were jointly authored with her husband, Gale Maritano).
Marshall, Marguerite Mooers – (1887-1964) was born in Kingston, NH, and got an A.B. from Tufts University in 1907. She was a journalist from 1922 to 1945, writing for the New York Evening World and penning “The Woman of It” column, which appeared in about 60 American newspapers. She began writing novels regularly in the 1930s. She and her husband, Sidney Walter Dean, whom she married in 1916, enjoyed spending her holidays in Quebec where they kept a summer cottage; the widowed Mrs. Dean went missing in May 1964 and her body was found a week later in the woods near Lac Beauport, north of Quebec City; it was determined that she died of exhaustion and exposure.
McElfresh, Elizabeth Adeline – (1918-?living) also wrote under the names of Jennifer Blair, Jane Scott, Elizabeth Wesley and John Cleveland. She began her career as a newspaper proofreader, and early in her career earned more than twice what her father, a laborer who worked on the roads for the WPA, did, no doubt helping to support the small family (she had one sister). She worked as a newspaper journalist for several newspapers in Indiana from the 1930s to 1950s and was director of public relations for the Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Indiana, from 1966-8, then returned to writing full-time. She apparently never married and lived with her widowed sister until her sister died in 2008.
O’Bryan, Sofi – She wrote at least three nurse novels under the pen name Tracy Adams. Uncredited internet sources frequently say that this pen name was used by Arlene Hale, but it is unlikely that this is true. Two books by the author Tracy Adams (Spotlight on Nurse Thorne and Hotel Nurse), in their listings in the Library of Congress Catalog of Copyright Entries, are credited to Sofi O’Bryan. A biography in the book Spotlight on Nurse Thorne published by Ace Books (D-549) in 1962, reads: “Tracy Adams has written extensively for women's magazines, has been on the staff of several such periodicals, and has worked as a reporter for a midwestern daily. Married to a commercial artist, she is the mother of two children and now makes her home on Long Island. She says of this novel: 'Before I became a reporter, I wanted to be a nurse, and did some hospital work. Nurse Thorne came into being when the lovely daughter of a friend of mine gave up a stage career to enter nursing. If I weren't a writer, I’d be a nurse today.’ ”
O’More, Peggy – see Blocklinger, Peggy O’More.
Roberts, Suzanne – Also wrote under the name Laurie Marath.
Ross, William E. Daniel – (1912-1995) Known as Dan, he was a Canadian novelist who wrote more than 300 books under numerous pseudonyms. He wrote nurse novels under the names Rose Dana, Rose Williams, and Ruth Dorset.
Rowe, Adelaide Morris (Humphries) – (1898-1979) wrote under her maiden name, Adelaide Humphries, and the pen names Kathleen Harris, Wayne Way and Token West; the latter two were used for lustier novels.
Shepard, Fern – see Stonebraker, Florence
Stonebraker, Florence English – (1896­–1977) mostly wrote lustier novels under the pen names of Thomas Stone and Florenz Branch as well as under her own name. She also wrote romance novels under the names of Fern Shepard, Florence Stuart, and Florence Sweet. She was born in Washington, D.C., and lived there until at least 1920, working in the Treasury Department. She apparently was an accomplished pianist and performed regularly in the D.C. area in her late teens and early 20s. She was living in San Francisco, at 645 Leavenworth Street, in 1930, when she was working as a writer. She married William Morrison Stuart, who took her last name; he apparently left his second wife to be with her. The pair moved to southern California and lived in San Diego and Laguna Beach. She had no children and died exactly two weeks shy of her 83rd birthday in Glendale, California.
Stuart, Florence – see Stonebraker, Florence
Thorne, Emily – see Judson, Jeanne
Webb, Jean Francis III – (1910-1991) He wrote at least six nurse romances under the name of Ethel Hamill (his mother’s name was Ethel Hamill Morrison Webb), and also wrote historical novels and hard-boiled detective fiction under his own name and the pen names Roswell Brown and Lee Davis Willoughby. He married Nancy Bukeley of Hawaii, and the couple had four sons. They lived in New York City and then White Plains, NY.
Wesley, Elizabeth – see McElfresh, Elizabeth Adeline
Williams, Rose – see Ross, William E. Daniel