There is so much to learn with all of this that it sometimes, make me dizzy.
Nonetheless, I embrace all of it because it is, after all, my dream come true!
These are the first three questions we're asked to answer this week.
I started writing romance because that is what I read the most of at that time. In high school I was introduced to a Harlequin Romance book and very shortly became hooked on reading these as well as Silhouette Intimate Moments. It was during this time that I decided to try my hand at writing one.
They were dreadful BUT creative. What did I know about the craft back then? I just thought that I had read enough of the books to figure out the pattern and I went for it.
2. Why do you think romance continues to be a market leading genre?
I think that primarily, readers are looking for happy endings. Reading is often referred to as an escape from real life and in real life there aren’t always happy endings. In Romance novels there ALWAYS is or should be. Female readers like to read about other heroines that they like to identify with and find out how they resolve the conflicts in their lives while falling in love at the same time. That’s why I love them.
3. In what way do you see romance today reflecting the way women's role in society has changed?
Well, I see many women as stronger individuals. Romance novels of today, reflect single parents, working women, working mothers and women who have been crushed spiritually by men and the thread throughout these books show the readers that these women can do it all. Also they can find love and I think that, in and of itself, is hopeful to many of women today. Admittedly, I didn’t start reading romance novels until the 1980 but I think that romance novels in the 30’s and 40’s probably portrayed a much different type of woman. One that was very much dependent on men. Not so much in today’s society and if it is, it is by choice and not by necessity.
Join me again this weekend, for a short interview I did about my short story, The Christmas Snow Ball.