Born in New York City on14 August 1947, Danielle Steel embarked on a career in advertising before publishing her first novel, Going Home, in 1973. What I care about most: my children. They are my life and always have been. When they were younger, I was a full time, hands-on Mom by day, and wrote at night. The hardest thing that ever happened to me as many of you know was when my son Nick died, when he was 19, in 1997. Read Danielle Steel Biography and Profile.