Ian McEwan, nominee of the Booker Award for his novel, Atonement, has been accused of copying Lucilla Andrews’ work. Ms. Andrews wrote an autobiographical novel, No Time for Romance, of her work nursing injured soldiers druing World War II. McEwen’s female protagonist has similar experiences as the ones related in Andrews’ book.
Andrews wrote several fictional hospital/medical romances and was a founding member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. I guess I like the idea that an award winning novelist was inspired by a romance novelist. :)