Happy birthday to author Jean MacLeod.  And thumbs-up to the UK’s Daily Mail for this remarkably condescension-free article.

Ms. McLeod, who’s been writing for the publisher since 1938, says she “sent off a few ideas to Mills & Boon and they liked them and that has pretty much kept me busy for the past 70 years.”

And then there’s this:  “Money was not a motivation for writing – we were only paid on a royalty basis. Even now I still pick up around £68 a year in royalties, but the joy of knowing people were, and still are, enjoying my books is payment enough.”

Is somebody taking advantage of an old lady?

-Sandy AAR