American romance writer who is known for her series like Black Dagger Brotherhood and The Moorehouse Legacy Series. Her first novel, Leaping Hearts, was published in 2001.
She holds a bachelor degree from Smith College, with a double major in history and art history. She received a law degree from Albany Law School.
She writes contemporary romance novels under her maiden name Jessica Bird, and paranormal romance novels under J.R. Ward.
Her parents are W. Gillette Bird, Jr. and Maxine F. Bird. She married John Neville Blakemore III in 2001.
Barbara Wood is another well-known American romance novel.