Read a Romance Month!

RARM-Header-2014-RevisedIn case you couldn’t tell from that pretty banner up there, August is Read-A-Romance Month! What is that, exactly? It’s a month long celebration of all things romance. A bunch of fabulous romance authors get together and blog about why they write romance novels. You can check out the full website here: RARM

Earlier this month, I did a blog for RARM on my personal website. If you’re inclined to check it out, you can do that here: In Search of Happily Ever After

The fabulous Andi Marquette did one, too. Check out that awesomeness here: I write romance. Therefore I am.

The Juice that Stains her FingersOne last link for you before we get on with it, I also added another free short story to my website in celebration of RARM. It’s a super sweet, fun little romantic story of two girls in love (because what ELSE would I write about?). Check that out here: The Juice that Stains Her Fingers

If you love it, you can visit my library of free short stories here: Free Reads

Now, on with the main event…

Love Makes the World…

People often ask why I write romance. Usually it’s implied that I should spend my time doing something more productive. My stock answer is, “Why would I write anything else?”

Romance is the thing that we all crave universally. It, as the title suggests, makes the world go round.

The day to day business of life is sometimes sticky, often unpleasant (Have you checked out the news recently?), and can really drag on a person if you let it. We all want someone to come home to, that one person who makes you feel as though everything will be okay. The person who makes all the other ickiness fall away, if only for a while.

Again, I ask, “Why would I write anything else?”

I spent my early twenties searching for that person, the one who would make all my tomorrows just a little bit better. When I found her (Boy was I shocked to realize it was a her. No wonder I hadn’t found the right person before that.), I grabbed on with both hands and haven’t let go since. That was almost twenty years ago.

As a romance writer, I get to relive that moment, experience the magic of new love, over and over with my characters. And, if I do my job right, my readers get to do the same thing.

Maybe the people who imply that I should do something more “productive” or “meaningful” are right. Maybe there are better things I could do with my time, but I don’t think so. As it stands, I’m doing my part to keep romance alive and keep the world going round.

Three Questions from the Creator of RARM

  •  Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did.

I already answered this once on my personal blog. There I said having children is by far the most daring thing I’ve done, but I didn’t realize that would become true until it was too late to back out. That is still the best possible answer. Not that I haven’t done some adventurous stuff. I have. But it all pales in my memory when I compare it to the journey my kids have taken me on.

  • Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?)

Writers are writers, I think, a long time before they realize it. For me, I wrote several books–which were published–before I could call myself a writer without pausing for a moment. It was a gradual transformation, one that happened over the course of several years. Did I have a definitive moment when I realized I COULD write? Yes, I blogged about it on my website. But did I become a writer in that moment? Maybe, but if I did, I sure wasn’t aware of it.

  • Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)

Such a difficult question. Instead of a book (in my other blog, I talked about Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe), I want to talk about a book store. In Portland, Oregon, there is a fabulous book store called Powell’s City of Books. Powell’s sells new and used books. The building takes up a full city block downtown Portland and has several levels.

Powell’s is where I first discovered that lesbian fiction is even a thing. I don’t even remember what my first book was. It doesn’t even matter. Not really. The point was, the doors had been opened. I had discovered a genre that celebrated ME, my relationship. I knew then that I wanted to write lesbian romance. Without that discovery, I’d probably still be thinking “Oh, I’ll write a book. Some day.”

Other Romance Authors You Should Totally Check Out

  • Karis Walsh – Karis’s seventh novel, Blindsided, was just released from Bold Strokes Books. Karis is an all round fabulous human being, award-winning writer, and my friend. Go check out her website HERE! Buy her books HERE!BSB-Blindsided
  • D. Jordan Redhawk – There are very few people in the writing world who make me smile the way D. Jordan Redhawk does. She’s an amazing writer, yet incredibly humble about her talent. Everyone should read her books because, yeah, she’s awesome. Check out her website HERE! Buy her books HERE!BEL-FreyasTears
And thus concludes my ode to romance. Hope you enjoyed it. Until next time, happy reading.