Janet Dailey | Romance writer, 69
Born and raised in Iowa, she moved to Branson in 1978 with her husband, Bill Dailey, who was credited with helping build the town into a music mecca.
Her novels included the Americana series - 50 books, one set in each state. Her website lists 155 works, including single novels and short-story collections.
A fixture on best-seller lists, Ms. Dailey saw her books translated into 19 languages. Her latest, Merry Christmas, Cowboy, ranked 13th on Publishers Weekly's adult mass-market best-seller list in early October.
Ms. Dailey apologized in 1997, saying the plagiarism occurred when her husband was undergoing cancer surgery and she was under immense stress. The suit was settled out of court in 1998 for an undisclosed sum.
Bill Dailey had been treated for pancreatic cancer and died in 2005. - AP