Day 21 Susan Andersen – HEAs Matter A Lot

It’s Romance, Not Trash

Why do you write those trashy novels?

Some Like it HotSigh. I write Romance, my friend. Love stories. I’m endlessly fascinated by the push me-pull me between the sexes, and falling in love is nothing to titter about like a prepubescent boy with his first girlie mag. Look around you–can you honestly point to many people who aren’t looking for love these days? It’s a universal desire. Just listen to the radio, go to the movies, pick up a non-romance book, look at fine paintings. Finding/keeping/losing love are themes that weave their way through darn near every artistic expression. It’s not always the main theme, but more often than not it’s the subtext that runs throughout the story.

Yes, there is sex in my books. Pretty darn good sex, too, if I do say so myself. Between one man and one woman cautiously feeling their way toward a committed relationship. And, please. It occupies perhaps twenty pages out of a three hundred and fifty page book. Among the rest of the pages you’ll also find women who aren’t afraid to speak their minds. Men who are tough, hard alpha guys—yet harbor nurturing streaks as wide as the ocean. You’ll find friendships and family dynamics and friends who have cobbled together their own family when the ones they were born into were perhaps not all that they could or should have been. And on top of it all?

It has a Happily Ever After.

I write romance because I love reading it, because it engages my emotions, leaves me feeling good. And because every now and then I’m told that something I’ve written made a difference in someone’s life. Most of the romance writers I know have at one time or another received a letter, an email or a Facebook message from someone who recently came through a devastating experience. Maybe they sat by their husband’s hospital bed as he lay dying. Perhaps they had breast cancer. Whatever the circumstances, readers have taken the time to tell me that my books helped get them through it, that reading a story that occasionally made them laugh and had a positive ending made the pain of their loss or personal ordeal more bearable, if only for a short while.

And that matters. To me it matters a whole helluva lot.


Two newish to me authors that perhaps aren’t that well known but whom I adore: Susan Sey and Molly O’Keefe. They both just suck me in every time and I devour their books!

Questions for Susan:

What is the craziest or ugliest object in your house, and why do you keep it?

The ugliest object in my house would be Clyde, the pottery bust of a beatnik I made when I was in junior high school. I adore him because my mom would hide him in out of the way places and I’d find him again and put him front and center.

What is the best non-monetary gift you ever received?

The best non monentary gift would be when my son was little and picked me a bouquet of flowers from someone else’s yard. “You shouldn’t have,” I said.

He laughed and said in delight, “That’s what all the moms say!” To which I replied, “No, you really shouldn’t have.” But I was thrilled that he had.

If you had to pick one romantic scene or couple to recommend to a first-time reader of YOUR books, which would it be? (Any picks for romance novels in general?)

Picking from my own books is always a little like picking your favorite kid. But maybe Elvis and Emma in Exposure. Or Catherine and Sam in Baby, I’m Yours. Or…….see what I mean? <g>

You are reading this essay at Be sure to visit the About Read-A-Romance Month to learn more, or the Authors & Contributors page to see a list of all the great romance writers who are participating in celebrating the romance genre during the month of August.  Also visit the Awesome Contests page to see how you can register each week to win “A Month of Romance” (31 books), e-readers, and even the Grand Central Grand Prize, an iPad mini. If you love romance, then this is the place to be!

Susan is three copies of Some Like it Hot. (U.S. only, apologies to international readers.). U.S. readers, to enter, either leave a comment here or enter the weekly drawing on the contest page. Or both.  (Only one entry per commenter per post, though – multiple comments on one essay does not give you more chances.)  Comment entries must be posted by 11:59pm EST Aug 21 to be eligible, though winners will be announced the following week.

Susan AndersenSusan Andersen is a bestselling author and the proud mama of a grown son. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of 44 years and her kitty-boys Boo and Mojo. The inhabitants of her little piece of the world are weird and wonderful and Susan credits the attempt to stay one step ahead of them with keeping her young. To be added to Susan’s email list to hear about upcoming releases, please visit her website and enter your email address on the contact page, or join the fun on her facebook page.

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  • Nancy Huddleston

    I agree that everyone is looking and hoping for love that endures the test of time. Time to go get one of your books and re-read.

  • helena rizzuto

    In my honest opinion.. everyone can relate to some type of romance book that’s been written. I firmly believe we are born with romance. Its authors like yourself who enhance it. I can’t see a person reading a romance novel forbthe first time amd not taking away from it a sense of “Wow, I can relate or I wish that I could have a love so profound as that” Romance is what makes us tick. If the world had more romance and less sinicism, it would be a better place.

    • Susan Andersen

      Helena, I do so agree

  • Laurie W G

    When I read one of Susan’s books I feel emotion for her characters. I was pulling for Ava and Cade in PLAYING DIRTY and Poppy etc.You want their relationships to work out even against some overwhelming odds.

    • Susan Andersen

      Laurie, I’m so tickled you’ve enjoyed my work.

  • TrishJ

    Romance books deliver the HEA. But the fun is the journey from beginning to end. Romance books provide humor, angst, suspense or thrills. We can find just about everything, but romance is the core that holds it together. We are born with a romance gene.

    • Susan Andersen

      I agree!

  • Kim Cornwell

    Romance books takes the daily stresses away in my life! Thanks for being a awesome writer! Love your books! Thanks for stopping by too!

    • Susan Andersen

      Thanks, Kim!

  • Tonda Galloway Hargett

    I enjoy reading all types of books, but without romance, they’re just not complete!

    • Susan Andersen

      I agree

  • Sue G.

    That is why I read romance. I need my happy every after. Once in a while I read a book that was highly recommended to only find out at the end there was no Happy Ever After. It’s a huge let down.

    • Susan Andersen

      I know what you mean

  • M Kuxhaus

    Coming Undone is my favorite of all your books. I loved it!

    • Susan Andersen

      Thank you!

  • Melanie Backus

    Romance is what we all love and want. Keep the writing going!!!

  • mariannewestrich

    I’m proud to say I love the “trashy” novels and live for the happily ever afters!

    • Susan Andersen


  • Rochelle

    SO true! I love your books!

    • Susan Andersen

      Rochelle, I love that you love em.

  • Karin Anderson

    My argument for Romance is about the same as yours. There is romance in almost every story. Even the Classics are romances.

    • Susan Andersen


  • Kareni

    I’ve enjoyed many of your books, Ms. Andersen. Thanks for them and for this post.

    • Susan Andersen

      Kareni, so glad you’ve enjoyed my work

  • Anne

    Thank you for the wonderful essay. I really enjoy your books. Please keep writing!

    • Susan Andersen

      Anne, I’m glad you enjoyed the essay

    • Hi, Anne –

      Could you please send me a message at bobbiwrites at att dot net? Thanks so much, I hope to hear from you soon.

  • Susan Andersen

    Thanks all, for taking the time to post a comment. That’s another thing I love about romance–the community of intelligent women (and a growing number of men, as well) that has formed to share their views.

  • Suphrina Gee

    I love reading your books, Susan!!! There are always LAUGH OUT LOUD moments and seriously HOT moments… Pure joy in reading!!

    • Susan Andersen

      Suphrina, I love that you love em!

  • Bette Hansen

    I truly love your books. Thanks for sharing your thoughts today and I completely agree with your recommendations of Susan Sey and Molly O’Keefe…..both fabulous authors

    • Susan Andersen

      Aren’t they? So glad you enjoy my work, Bette

  • Evelyn S

    Great essay!! I love reading your books!!

    • Susan Andersen

      Evelyn, I’m so glad you enjoy my work.

  • Britney Adams

    Wonderful essay! Happily Ever Afters certainly matter!!! Can’t wait to read SOME LIKE IT HOT!

    • Susan Andersen

      Britney, hope you enjoy it!

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I loved your essay.

    • Susan Andersen

      Thanks, Melissa

  • Rosemarie N.

    I love it when there is a HEA cause just gives me hope that love does matter. Love reading all your books. Can’t wait to read your next book coming out.

    • Susan Andersen

      Thanks, Rosemarie

  • suepeace

    Love your post and your books! 🙂

    • Susan Andersen

      So glad you enjoyed!

  • Kathleen O

    I just finished reading Some Like it Hot and love your HEA… Keep them coming. Can’t wait to read Tasha and Luc’s story…

    • Susan Andersen

      Kathleen, love that you loved the HEA!

  • Krysten Michelsen

    LOVE your books!! Can’t wait to read Some Like it Hot

    • Susan Andersen

      Hope you enjoy it!

  • Jen C

    “Sigh.” — That’s how I feel today after dealing with a coworker claiming that romance novels are just trash. ARGH!

    • helena rizzuto

      I’d anonymously mail them a book then see if they read it…

    • Amy Livesay Hart

      That just means they don’t know the true value of a book and that they are worthy of being called a treasure! Maybe they are narrow minded.

  • Erlinda Mejia

    Present Danger was the first of your books I read. I fell in love with your storytelling talent. I actually still have that book on my shelf and Aunie is another of my “book friends”. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • Susan Andersen

      Erlinda, thank YOU!

  • Toni Linenberger

    Can’t wait to read the new one!

  • jcp

    I need to try your books!!

  • Amy Livesay Hart

    Wow, Miss Anderson! The books you described in your second paragraph have me highly interested in getting one of your books. My TBR list is about to get a few more books longer. 😉 And I agree, books help people with a lot of things.

  • Cheryl Hastings

    Great post!! I LOVE Catherine and Sam…and your sex scenes 🙂

    • Susan Andersen

      Thanks, Cheryl

  • rebecca moe

    Yes, the HEA. LIfe has too many not-so-HEAs, so I require them in my reading.

    Love the story of your ugliest object!

  • Stephanie M.

    HEAs do matter. You are now on my TBR list.

    • Susan Andersen

      Thanks, Stephanie

  • Ketta Peters

    Sign me up!

  • Kristy Birch

    I adored Some Like it Hot and have recommended it and your entire backlist to the ladies in my book group. You’re explanation above is exactly what I feel when reading your wonderful books. Thanks for doing what you do! And keep it up, can’t wait for the next Razor Bay book!

    • Susan Andersen

      Kristy, I love that you enjoy my work. Thanks so much for recommending me!

  • Mary Jo Burke

    I used to give my mother dandelions. After looking at your book cover, I thought of the movie Some Like it Hot which is very romantic too.

  • Mary McCoy

    Thank you for your books and your author recommendations.

  • Marcy Shuler

    I read books to be happy so it has to have a HEA. Thank goodness for romances!

  • Janie

    Congrats to Susan on the new release. Looking forward to reading “Some Like it Hot.” I’ve been a fan since I picked up “Just For Kicks.”

  • Vonda M. Reid

    Wonderful post about why you write romance. To borrow your words: I read “romance because I love reading it, because it engages my emotions, leaves me feeling good.” I love your books. Thank you for sharing your gift.

    • Susan Andersen

      i’m so glad you enjoy my books!

  • glittergirl54

    You are so right, romance is everywhere in our life and we are all seeking it (if we are women, lol). Thank for the post and the giveaway. These books do get us through some rough patches in life.

  • c owens

    What a cute story about the flower bouquet your son gave you. My youngest son would go out into our neighbors field and pick a lovely bouquet of weeds for me and was so proud when he brought them to me. So I quickly learned to endure the itchy, watery eyes they gave me.

  • Peni Anne

    I am a long time fan and have not always found it easy to find your books. Are you finding your readership changing and growing with the advent and popularity of ereaders, ebooks and social media?

  • Pamby50

    I loved the 3 books of best friends Jane, Poppy & Ava. I couldn’t wait for the next to come out. Looking forward to reading your latest.

  • MooMoo Cake

    Thanks for sharing and contributing to the this great event. I love your books and also your stories about your son and mom (and Clyde).

  • Ann Mettert

    Great essay. Love your books. 🙂

  • Gina Burgos

    Love your books! Thanks 🙂

  • Valerie

    I agree it’s not fair to ask you to chose your favorite of your books, it is liking picking your favorite child or parent….

  • Meredith Richardson

    Loved your essay 🙂

  • HEAs are important for me, too. I read to escape. I read to enjoy. What’s enjoyable about a book that doesn’t have a happy ending? HEAs are the biggest reason why I read!

  • MaryC

    Thank you for the hours of pleasure your books have given me – looking forward to many more.

  • Hannah Weitzman

    Susan Andersen, you’re the reason I started reading romance. I love all your books. Thank you!

  • Larena Hubble

    you are right it really does matter and sometimes that is what can get someone through difficult times.

  • Martha Lawton

    I love HEA books. They restore my faith and hopes for our society.

  • Ann

    Without the romance, we would be a VERY SAD society. Love the HEA!!!

  • leah g

    I haven’t read your books, yet. But they sound just the sort I love. otherwise known as romance.

  • I really hate when romance books are referred to as trashy novles. 🙁 Anyone who loves love, should love romance. 🙂

  • Glenda

    Anyone who isn’t searching actively for their HEA has either already found it, or is in denial that they are looking. 🙂

  • Joan Varner

    I love your books. I also enjoy “Mature Monday”, “Wet Wednesday” etc on Facebook. Your books bring me love and contentment when I read them because I KNOW there will be an HEA that the couple will find for themselves.

  • BookLady

    Love reading romance with its happy ever after endings! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on romance.

  • Brenda E

    Gotta love the HEAs!

  • erom13

    Thanks for the recommendations! I love your books, so I’ll definitely have to check them out.

  • Kim

    I love romance novels! Some may find them trashy, but they are my treasure in times of stress or when I need to escape.

  • Carrie

    I can’t stand when someone thinks I read romance just for the sex or refer to romance novels as trashy. Romance and love are NOT trashy.

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    love, Love, LOVE your books Susan! Sorry to be late posting, but sometimes life does get in the way of my reading habit!