William Edward Daniel Ross was born on November 16, 1912 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, son of Laura (Brooks) and William Edward Ross. In 1930, while he studied, he began his career as the manager of an acting company with which he also acted. Very early in his professional life, he was awarded the Dominion Drama Festival Prize for Playwriting. During the Second World War, he served with British Entertainment Services.

He married Charlotte McCormack, who died in 1959, and remarried in 1960, with the nurse Marilyn Ann Clark. He began writing short-stories in 1950s, and novels after his second marriage. Her wife was the first reader of his works. He wrote popular romances and gothic fiction as W. E. D. Ross and Dan Ross and under a variety of mostly female pseudonyms such as Jane Rossiter, Leslie Ames, Ellen Randolph, Ann Gilmer, Rose Williams, Rose Dana, Clarissa Ross, Marilyn Ross, Jan Daniels, Charlotte McCormack, Ruth Dorset, Miriam Leslie, Amber Ross, Dana Ross, Laura Frances Brooks, Lydia Colby, Diana Randall, and Marilyn Carter. He started writing erotic novels as Olin Ross, and Western novels as Dan Roberts and Tex Steele. He died on November 1, 1995 in his native Saint John, at 82, survived by his wife.

Book List in Order: 11 titles

  • Would the honeymoon haven turn out to be a mansion of murder? A "forgotten" past! When newlyweds Vivian and Don Landres returned to his family mansion and art gallery at Astolat, Vivian found an unexpected reception: her new mother-in-law, Mona...


  • Island out of time. The island of Cay Fantasma, in the West Indies, was only a few miles off the coast of Jamaica, yet it was like another world -- a sixteenth-century world ruled by plantation owner Eric Canmeer and his invalid wife, Grace, from a t...


  • Against the magnificence of California’s Monterey Bay, Enid Monroe succumbed to the charms of a redheaded stranger, married him on impulse and found out that in order to keep his love she must impersonate another woman from his past....


  • The Vanishing Cousin… The Chateau Galba looked out of place on the California coast, and Meg Parrish felt out of place in its odd household. There was her Aunt Christina, the Countess Galba, and her flirtatious husband, Dante; there was Sonpur, ...


  • A Strange Household! The position as companion-secretary to Ada Haddon, whose mansion was one of California's showpleaces, seemed made to order for Joan Lamore's needs - a position which promised tranquility and security. Even the Haddon masion s...


  • Janet took a cruise from California to Acapulco while she recovered from an unhappy love affair. After a shipboard romance, Janet suddenly finds herself on an eerie Caribbean island, married to a man she hardly knows....



  • As a well known Hollywood mystic, Marsia Hagar was the repository of man secrets, some of them exceedingly dangerous to know. And when Joyce Amber agreed to play the organ in the chapel in which the mystic held her sessions, she exposed herself to th...


  • The terrible secret of Casa Estrana! Ann Vestry wanted to get away from her past, from the subtle reminders of a love that never flowered, so she took a position as secretary to research chemist Aldo Maston at his combination home and sea laborato...







  • Marry in Haste… Meg Brook’s romance and marriage had been such a whirlwind affair that she didn’t have time to learn much about her husband’s family … or, for that matter, much about her husband, Don and the “top secret” work he did ...