Janet Dailey met her husband Bill when she went to work for him as a secretary in his construction company, a job she kept for 10 years until they both quit, bought a trailer, and sold every possession they couldn't fit inside it. They hit the road and traveled the country for over a half a year. At that time, Bill challenged his wife to write a better romance novel than the ones she read, something she had long said she could do. She backed up her claim when her first novel was accepted in 1976. As the Dailey's continued to travel the country in their trailer, Janet began writing a romance for every state they traveled through, eventually completing the entire 50 states. They settled down in the Ozarks in 1979 after five years of heavy travel. One of the first romance writers to incorporate modern themes such as child abuse and alcoholism, Dailey is an active member of her community, helping to establish the first women's crisis center, working as a trustee at her local hospital, and encouraging adult literacy, a crusade that prompted the Ozarks Literary Council to found the Janet Dailey Literacy Library in Springfield, Missouri. In 1996 she admitted to plagiarizing the novels of Nora Roberts after a reader noticed similarities. Dailey confessed that both her romances "Notorious" and "Aspen Gold" included passages lifted from her fellow romance writer's work. She apologized shortly after the revelation became public and began seeking professional help in the hope of some day continuing her writing career.