Danielle Steel (born Danielle Fernandes Schuelein-Steel on August 14, 1947 in New York City, New York) is one of the best-selling authors in the World. Best known for her romance novels, Steel has sold more than 530 million copies of her books (as of 2005). Steel started writing stories as a child and by her late teens had begun writing poetry. A graduate of the Lycée Français de New York, class of 1965, she went on to study at New York University and in Europe. At age nineteen, she completed her first novel but was first published only after years of frustration in 1973.