New York Times Bestselling author Ruth Ryan Langan is the author of over one hundred novels, both historical and contemporary. She also writes contemporary Western romantic suspense for Grand Central Publishing, as well as some novellas for Jove under the pseudonym R. C. Ryan. Langan began her writing career in secret. Her family discovered her writings when her children came home unexpectedly from school one day and found her writing. When Langan's husband was told of her hobby, he bought her an electric typewriter "because 'writers need tools'". Her first book was published by Silhouette Books in 1981 after an editor picked it out of their slush pile. After the first sale was completed, Langan got an agent. Langan is a charter member of the Romance Writers of America, and a member of DWW (Detroit Working Writers). She has five children and lives in Michigan.