Howard Allen Frances O'Brien was born on 04 October 1941 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She was the second of four daughters of Irish Catholic parents, Katherine "Kay" Allen and Howard O'Brien. In 1961, she married Stan Rice, who passed away in 2002. They had two children, Christopher (1978) and Michele (1966-1972). She started to published in 1970s, and became a published phenomenon. Her books have sold nearly 100 million copies, making her one of the most widely read authors in modern history.