Heyer, Georgette

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Georgette Heyer
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Heyer, Georgette Gender: F
born on 16 August 1902 at 09:30 (= 09:30 AM )
Place Wimbledon, England, 51n25, 0w12
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 22°34' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 19°44 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 11°23'


British writer of historical romance novels and detective fiction. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth. In 1925 Heyer married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer. The couple spent several years living in Tanganyika and Macedonia before returning to England in 1929. After her novel These Old Shades became popular despite its release during the General Strike, Heyer determined that publicity was not necessary for good sales. For the rest of her life, she refused to grant interviews, telling a friend: "My private life concerns no one but myself and my family."

Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year. Her husband often provided basic outlines for the plots of her thrillers, leaving Heyer to develop character relationships and dialogue so as to bring the story to life.

Her success was sometimes clouded by problems with tax inspectors and alleged plagiarists. Heyer chose not to file lawsuits against the suspected literary thieves, but tried multiple ways of minimizing her tax liability. Forced to put aside the works she called her "magnum opus" (a trilogy covering the House of Lancaster) to write more commercially successful works, Heyer eventually created a limited liability company to administer the rights to her novels. She was accused several times of providing an overly large salary for herself, and in 1966 she sold the company and the rights to seventeen of her novels to Booker-McConnell. Heyer continued writing until her death on 4 July 1974. At that time, 48 of her novels were still in print; her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously.

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Source Notes

quote from biography

Sy Scholfield pointed out the biography by Jennifer Kloester, published in 2013. It reports 9.30 am as birth time (see fragment at the right)


  • Vocation : Writers : Detective/ Mystery
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (historical romance)