Who Are Some Top Romance Authors?

Jane Austen, Margaret Mitchell, Audrey Niffenegger and Nicholas Sparks are some top romance authors. These are four of the top-10 greatest romance authors of all time, according to FamousAuthors.org.

Jane Austen was an English author, and she ranks first. She wrote romantic fiction novels mixing love and societal elements with an emphasis on female characters and social norms. Her novels include "Sense and Sensibility," "Pride and Prejudice" and "Persuasion."

Margaret Mitchell was an American author and journalist. She ranks fourth. She became infatuated with love stories as a child and later wrote adventure books and directed plays. She wrote "Gone With the Wind," which sold over 30 million copies and won a Pulitzer Prize, and the film won an Academy Award. She also wrote "Lost Laysen."

Audrey Niffenegger, American writer, visual artist and academic, ranks fifth. She wrote "The Time Traveler's Wife," which combined romance with science fiction. It sold more than 7 million copies, was translated in 40 languages and became a film.

Nicholas Sparks is an American novelist, screenwriter and producer. He ranks sixth. He has written 17 books, nine of which have been made into movies, including "The Notebook," "A Walk to Remember," "Dear John" and "Safe Haven."