07 apr 1938
After Iris Johansen’s two children left home, she concluded her career working for aniline company and took up writing romance novels, with her first story, Touch the Horizon. Johansen has seen success in this genre and has since expanded to writing historical romance, and, since 1996, crime fiction. As of 2015, Iris Johansen has sold 27 million copies, worldwide, of her more than 30 separate titles. Whether writing romance or crime fiction, Iris Johansen is committed to maintaining factual integrity in her works. Johansen’s daughter, Tamara, serves as her research assistant. Iris Johansen has called her daughter’s research work invaluable in helping her to develop plot points which are factually accurate and, in her own words “keep my plot humming”. The primary series of novels Iris Johansen has written in the crime fiction genre revolve around the character of Eve Duncan, whose work as a forensic investigator is the starting point for her involvement in the investigation of various crimes. Iris Johansen’s son, Roy, is an Edgar award-winning playwright, and he has collaborated with Iris on a number of books, including, most recently, the standalone novel Storm Cycle. 17 of Iris Johansen’s novels in a row, from the early nineties through to 2006, have been New York Times Bestsellers, which notable achievement has only rarely been achieved before. Johansen is still married, and is a self- described dog-lover. She owns 6 dogs, whom she says play a huge part in her life.