Famous for her dozens of suspenseful romance novels, she published bestselling works such as A Kiss Remembered; Temperatures Rising; French Silk; and Mean Streak. She won both a Romance Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award and an International Thriller Writers Thrillermaster Award.
After briefly studying at Texas Christian University, she worked as a Texas-based television weathercaster and reporter. She published her first novel, Love's Encore, in 1981.
Her pen names include Erin St. Claire, Laura Jordan, and Rachel Ryan.
In the late 1960s, she married broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker Michael Brown. The couple raised children named Ryan and Rachel.
She is a contemporary of fellow American romance writer Janet Dailey.