Sheldon died on Tuesday from complications from pneumonia. His best known novels included Rage of Angels, The Other Side of Midnight, and If Tomorrow Comes. Several of his novels became TV miniseries.
Sheldon called writing novels:
... the most fun I've ever had ...and said in a 1982 interview:
I try to write my books so the reader can't put them down. ... I try to construct them so when the reader gets to the end of a chapter, he or she has to read just one more chapter. It's the technique of the old Saturday afternoon serial: Leave the guy hanging on the edge of the cliff at the end of the chapter.He said of his strong female characters:
I like to write about women who are talented and capable, but most important, retain their femininity. ... Women have tremendous power - their femininity, because men can't do without it.(Right!)
And I hadn't realised that Sheldon didn't start writing novels until he was 50!
(Still time for me then.)
I was too much of a booksnob in those days to read Sheldon's novels, (though I'm sure I must have watched the miniseries). And I probably missed out because of that.