Dorothy Garlock Edit Profile
Dorothy Garlock began her professional career as a bookkeeper, columnist, and editor for local periodicals in Clear Lake, Iowa, where she had moved with her husband in 1955. She retired at the age of forty-nine.
Garlock created her first stories during one of her trips with her husband to south Texas town in winter. Four manuscripts had been done before she published one of the stories. In 1976, the author sent one of her novels to a contest. She didn’t win but met an agent who would represent her. Four of her books were sold the next few weeks.
The first novel, ‘Love and Cherish’, was published in 1980. The debut one was followed by many other bestselling stories.
"I love writing romances. It's satisfying to hear from a reader that they got lost in one of my pioneer stories and for a while forgot their problems."
"Most everything in the world is romance. Romance of the road, romance of the forest – it doesn’t just mean love affairs."
"I realize I’m not a great literary writer. Some people will write a book and get it published and think they’re the next Margaret Mitchell. I’m just a storyteller and like homey, down-to-earth characters, everyday people who have everyday problems and solve their problems with dignity. I’m not trying to give them a history lesson. I just want to entertain, if for a little while."
Dorothy Garlock gave a great number of her manuscripts and other unpublished works to the University of Iowa libraries.
Dorothy Garlock was married to Herb Garlock Sr. The family produced a son and a daughter.