award-winning, national bestselling author

Brenda Harlen

About Brenda Harlen

Brenda Harlen

Brenda’s first love was reading.

According to her mother, she fell in love with books even before she could read and was always content when she had a book in her hands. It didn’t surprise anyone when she decided that she wanted to be a writer, but she was encouraged to pursue “a real job” first.

So she did—she became a lawyer. Two years of practicing law taught her a lot about the world—and reinforced her determination to become a writer. Because in fiction, she could promise a happy ending!

Thankfully, she had already met and married a wonderful man to inspire her fictional heroes. And when she was on maternity leave after the birth of their first son, he encouraged her to take a romance writing course at the local community college. It was while enrolled in this class that she completed her first (still unpublished) manuscript.

Three more manuscripts and another baby followed. And then, in June 2002, she finally got the call from Susan Litman—an editorial assistant and contest judge—offering to buy the manuscript she’d submitted to RWA’s Golden Heart® contest as “From This Moment.” This story was re-titled McIver’s Mission and released by Silhouette Intimate Moments in May 2003.

Since then, she has written thirty-eight more books and three online stories for Harlequin. Her recent titles include: Two Doctors & a Baby (“Those Engaging Garretts” Book 9—April 2016), Building the Perfect Daddy (“Those Engaging Garretts!” Book 10—October 2016) and The More Mavericks, The Merrier! (Montana Mavericks: The Baby Bonanza—December 2016). More titles in the “Those Engaging Garretts!” series are coming in 2017, including Baby Talk & Wedding Bells (Book 11—February) and The Last Single Garrett (Book 12—May), after which readers will get to meet a whole new cast of characters in her upcoming series, “Match Made in Haven.”