August is Read-a-Romance-Month, and I'm excited to be participating in my chapter's celebration this year. In fact, the theme for this year is CELEBRATE ROMANCE.
Summer really is the perfect time to celebrate romance. The days are longer, the weather is warm, there's no end to the romantic possibilities around us: a stroll along the shore of the lake with the waves gently lapping at our feet, having lunch or dinner at an outdoor café and soaking up the sunshine, a hike through lush green forest and rippling prairie, touring a winery and sipping a glass out on the deck overlooking the vineyard, or taking a long weekend getaway to a nearby small town and wandering through the shops on Main Street. Each moment made even more perfect by sharing it with the one you love.
I'm an avid reader, and although I sometimes branch out into other genres, romance has always been and will always be my favorite. Even back in the day when I headed straight for the yellow-covered Nancy Drew books on the library shelf, my favorite parts were when Nancy spent time with Ned. In the cozy mysteries I read now-a-days, a touch of romance is a must. I started reading 'real' romance in high school. I joined the Harlequin American book club, and every month four new shiny silver books were delivered right to my doorstep. I think it took me less than a week to devour them all...and then it would be an impatient wait until the next month.
Nope. There's nothing better than celebrating romance, whether real-life or fiction, any time of the year.
As part of this year's celebration, we've been asked to answer three questions. So here goes...
Describe the most daring, adventurous, or inspiring thing you ever did.
Hmn? I have to say, I'm not much of a risk taker, so for me, adventure is pretty tame. Back in college, I had the opportunity to take a three week trip to England. I'd never been out of the country before or away from my family for that long. (College was only an hour and half away, so that didn't really count.) No one I knew aside from the professor leading the trip was going, but I signed up to go anyway. It was exciting, it was amazing, it was wonderful. We toured castles and attended plays and visited museums...all in a setting unlike anything on this side of the pond. I enjoyed it so much that a few years later, a friend and I took a ten day trip to France and Spain. Now for some people, world travel is no big deal, but for me it's quite adventurous.
Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer.
Like I mentioned above, I started reading romance in high school. It wasn't long before I decided I wanted to write one some day. I even made a few (sad) attempts in high school and college. But, for the most part, like many dreams, the desire to write a romance remained just that for a long while. Then one New Year's Eve night out at the bar where my soon-to-be hubby and I hung out, a friend mentioned a writers' group she belonged to. We got to chatting, and she invited me along. I joined my local RWA chapter, took advantage of our critique sessions, and got connected. When I decided to get really serious, a friend recommended The Wild Rose Press, and the rest, as they say, is history. This month I released my eighth title with them.
Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)
In addition to hunting down your own copy of Mariah, I'm recommending the following authors for summer romance reading:
Julie Ann Walker
Happy Summer and Happy Reading!
Debra St. John
My latest release:
Family Secrets from The Wild Rose Press. Also available for Kindle.