Day 8 Maggie Shayne

The Power of Romance

In lieu of a pure blog post, I want to share with you the most meaningful fan e-mail I ever received in response to my book EDGE OF TWILIGHT in which an impossibly doomed pregnancy ended with a miracle. This email was dated Friday August 21st, 2009, 10:55 PM

Dear Maggie,

I want to thank you for your book “Edge of Twilight.” It was what got me through my pregnancy. On having my 3rd child, my daughter & self almost died. They told me after 3 months to have my tubes tied, because if I got pregnant again, either the baby would die early or I would. On the day I was to have my tubes tied, & to the surprise of everyone, I was pregnant again. (I had that shot that’s 99.9% effective, breast feeding, no period, & we used condoms!) Yes, the doctors were actually speechless!! Sleep With the Lights On

I went home that day very depressed & not knowing what to do. They thought the best thing I should do was abort the baby, because it was going to die or take my life. For weeks all I could do was cry & feel sorry for myself. It was 3 days before I was to see the doctor with my decision, when my other children came into the room with the intent of cheering me up (God love them!) Knowing how I love to read & reading makes me happy, my oldest daughter handed me a book & said, “Mom, please read & be happy again.” So how could I not?

That book was yours and it changed my life. After reading it, I had a family meeting with my decision & everyone agreed. We were having the baby no matter what. To make a long story short, it was long, hard, painful & almost didn’t make it, but as you see I’m alive & so is she. She is a gift I will always be thankful for & thankful for your story. It may have been fiction, butmade something real.

Never Stop Writing,


We never know as we’re writing a story, how it’s going to impact someone who reads it. But we do know this. We write stories in which love prevails against all odds, stories that bring hope and light to chase away hopelessness and darkness, stories that are empowering to women.

That’s important. It’s more than important, it’s vital. We’re High Priestesses of the Power of Love. There’s no higher calling than that.


Now, if you’re looking for a new author to try out, may I just recommend Christine Wenger. She’s done several books for Harlequin Special Edition, and is now branching out into romantic cozy mysteries that are getting rave reviews already. Her first, DO OR DINER comes out August 6th.

If you’re into heartwarming family stories told with emotion and humor, look no further than brand new indy author Jena O’Connor, whose first book about the 5 Haggerty sisters, MIXING UP A MEMORY is on sale now (find it here), and will be followed this fall by STIRRING UP TROUBLE. Based loosely on her own family, Jena comes by storytelling naturally. She’s my firstborn daughter! You can find Jena on Facebook at

Questions for Maggie:

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

I have a hard time with this one, as most of my possessions might seem pretty crazy and/or ugly to others, but they’re all beautiful and perfectly sane to me. The model of the human skull with a few teeth missing. The actual fox skull I found on a walk through the forest. The several snakeskins I keep in a special place in my home. I guess the main one would be the make believe vulture that sits in my temple room. It was a gift from some very special witches and I’ll never part with it, even though its plastic “feathers” are beginning to, um, molt.

If there was a movie made about your life, what would it be called? (And just for fun, who would play you?)

Younger Sally Field would play me. It would be called “Life Begins at Forty.”

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

I get so many wonderful, thoughtful, meaningful gifts from my five daughters that picking one would just not be fair. So I’ll say, my engagement ring, sterling silver with turquoise inlay and a giant white sapphire. It’s perfectly unique and perfectly me.

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?)

The first love scene from ETERNITY is the most sweepingly romantic I’ve ever written. As for other authors, just read ONE SUMMER by Karen Robards. That was phenomenal.

Maggie is generously donating one copy of Sleep With The Lights On to give away internationally (enter here) and three copies  to U.S. readers. Winners’ choice of either print or e-copy. To enter the domestic contest, 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 midnight EST Aug 8 to be eligible, though winners will be announced the following week.

maggie.Shayne3Maggie Shayne is best known as the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels, nearly 30 novellas, a former soap writer, (The Guiding Light, As the World Turns,) a former advice columnist (Shayne on You,) and RITA Award winner. But what’s less known about her is that she’s been a practicing Witch for almost as long as she’s been a published author.  Maggie is excited to be launching a new suspense series in the fall of 2013. You can learn more about Maggie at


Maggie’s upcoming releases are:
GINGERBREAD MAN, (Romantic Suspense) Free in all ebook formats 8/15 – 9/24
SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON, (Thriller) in print and ebook on 9/24

Buy Maggie’s books on Amazon.

  • PJ Ausdenmore

    Maggie, you should have included a tissue alert! (as I sit here mopping up the tears) What a lovely story and what a gift to be able to give people hope through the reading of your stories.

    Congratulations to your daughter! I’m off to check out her book.

    p.s. It was lovely meeting you at RWA this summer!

    • Maggie Shayne

      Hi, PJ! Thank you SO MUCH for giving Jena a try. You get an inside look at my family as her books are very much inspired by her and her sisters, their grandma Betty too. Great meeting you at RWA. We’ll have to have a coffee together next time!

  • Jen C

    Even the most unsuspecting books can have an impact. This is why it is so important to share stories. 🙂

    • Maggie Shayne

      I agree!

  • Sue G.

    Thanks for the morning cry. What a wonderful email. I can’t even imagine having to make that decision.

    Also, love the title of your movie! Life does begin at 40!

    • Maggie Shayne

      LOL! Apparently I’m not the only one happier now than ever before. You go, girl!

  • Courtney Cogswell

    What an inspiring story! I am amazed over and over by the personal triumphs that have been shared so far this month by readers (and authors) as a result of romance. I have really enjoyed your books and when I found the Wings in the Night series, I was basically in another world until I completed them. That is what I love best about a good series…I get sucked in and reading the books becomes an addiction. It is the best form of escapism and leaves me with such a warm feeling afterwards. I’m sure everyone in my life should thank you and all of the romance authors I read for keeping me so happy and well adjusted in my day to day life. I can’t wait to check out your daughters’ books! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing post!!!

    • Maggie Shayne

      Thank you Courtney! I’m so grateful to you too for giving Jena’s books a try. She’s a chip off the old block, so the speak. We laugh about her writing inspirational while I write paranormal though. 🙂 HUGS to you.

  • May

    What a touching story. 🙂 Thanks for sharing it!

    • Maggie Shayne

      Any time.

  • BookLady

    What a lovely e-mail! It must be so rewarding to know that your writing had such a strong impact on someone’s life. Thanks for sharing the wonderful post.

    • Maggie Shayne

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Book Lady.

  • Melanie Backus

    Definitely going to read this book. We certainly never know who we make an impact on through the written word or the spoken word. Keeping my fingers crossed for the win.

    • Maggie Shayne

      Good luck, Melanie!

  • brhill2010

    The letter was an amazing story. Thanks for being a romance writer!!

    • Maggie Shayne

      Thanks for being a romance reader!

  • Nancy Huddleston

    That’s why I love your books. Hope.

    • Maggie Shayne

      I love you back!

  • Kim Cornwell

    What a beautiful story and happy mom and baby made it! I had a similar situation in 95′. I miscarried at 7 months due to placenta previa. It’s a blood clot on on the uterus . Mine was in the bottom of my uterus instead of the top. I wound up having a transfusion and given 3 pints of blood. I had soaked 3 beach towels before making it to the hospital. They prepared my husband because they didn’t think I would make it. I did but I lost my little boy. They don’t know what causes placenta previa and the doctor ask me would I donate him and so they could study and try to find a cause. It was a hard decision and we chose to do that. I hope someday they find a reason because that was the hardest decision whenever made. I’m a proud mom of 2 healthy boys and one in heaven. During my recovery romance books kept me sane along with my husbands support. Thanks Maggie for sharing and stopping by for a giveaway!

    • Maggie Shayne

      You know I do spiritual self-help too, Kim, and your comment really spoke to me. You made a beautiful and loving decision. In fact, that decision might be the reason your little boy chose to come into this world and leave again so early. That might have been his entire purpose this time around. Rest assured, you will be reunited, and there is no such thing as death. If you want some of the most powerful healing I’ve ever found on the topic, look for a book called The Afterlife of Billy Fingers. It’s beautiful and a gift.

      • Kim Cornwell

        Thanks Maggie. Is will try to get. I have never felt bad about the choice I made. Even though he had pass I got to hold him. My doctor and husband were with me the whole way! My doctor talked me into holding him. He was afraid I would regret it if I didn’t. I’m glad I did. It helped so much. I’ve never had a doctor so caring! Thanks again!

  • Meredith Richardson

    Thanks so much for sharing that letter with us, it really shows you how your words and actions can help others. Hope is such a powerful thing!

    • Maggie Shayne

      Hope is second only to love, IMO. Thanks Meredith.

  • Amy McKechney Lang

    What a beautiful letter!

    • Maggie Shayne


  • MK

    Beautiful letter! It must make you feel good to know that you can have such an impact

    • Maggie Shayne

      It does. I get it out and re-read it whenever a book or the business are giving me trouble. 🙂

  • Ruth

    As every day goes by this month, the more sorry I feel for those, men and women, who don’t get the romance genre. Love prevails against the odds? Hope? Light? Empowered women? Who can’t want that! I’ve been on this ship for several years now, and I have no intention of getting off! Thanks, Maggie!

    • Maggie Shayne

      You go, Ruth! This is for women, by women, about women. Where else in fiction can we find that?

  • Karin Anderson

    I love Karen Robards, but haven’t read One Summer. I’ll have to pick it up.

    • Maggie Shayne

      I adore her. Met her at RWA and as I gushed to stopped me and said she had a whole shelf of my books. I almost died!

  • rebecca moe

    That is an amazing letter. It’s fantastic, being able to impact others’ lives like that!

    • Maggie Shayne

      It’s a gift and a blessing I try to never take for granted, Rebecca. Thank you.

  • Danny Bankhead

    That’s a neat story! Love your books and thanks for the giveaway!! =)

    • Maggie Shayne

      You’re welcome Danny. Thank YOU for posting.

  • Suzanne Clune

    What a wonderful post. Yes Maggie your books and others in the romance genre do have an impact.I often find if I’m having a bad day and nothing is going right,or I’m just feeling a little down,well I just pick up one of my romance novels.They transport me away to a place where love really does conquer all,and no matter what the obstacle,things will work out if you just keep trying.So keep writing your wonderful novels,whether they are paranormal,or romantic suspense,because I for one will keep reading and enjoying them 🙂

    • Maggie Shayne

      Thank you Suzanne. I’m beaming love your way.

  • Patty Vasquez

    “We write stories in which love prevails against all odds, stories that bring hope and light to chase away hopelessness and darkness, stories that are empowering to women.” Interestingly, my husband and I often talk about the plots of the romance stories I’m reading. Your empowering love stories for women also provide food for thought and discussion for our respective partners. I love that aspect of romance stories.

    • Maggie Shayne

      Me too. I always tell men, asking what women want from them, to read a few romance novels. Then they’ll know it all. 🙂

      • Patty Vasquez

        Excellent point! It takes a committed man to read several romances. It also encourages empathy, which is in low supply among our male population.

  • Ann Mettert

    Great essay by another author I love to read. 🙂

    • Maggie Shayne

      Thanks Ann!

  • Jaymy M

    I’ve laughed, cussed, cheered, jeered, held my breath and cried through the entire Wings in the Night series, love the Brands (so many emotions there!) and can’t quit hoping in your suspense books.

    Thanks for decades of fabulous adventures and love in the pages of your books.

    • Maggie Shayne

      Wow, thanks Jaymy! Loved reading that comment. That made my day. 🙂

  • Donna Logan Brown

    Such a heartwarming story. So glad you decided to become a part of RARM and share it in your essay. Love your books and always look forward to the next one.

    • Maggie Shayne

      Thank you back, Donna. I’m having a blast, and I think this is a fabulous event and brilliant idea that should become an annual practice!

  • tonda hargett

    Hi Maggie, I love your books! I can’t wait to read Gingerbread Man and Sleep With the Lights On!

    • Maggie Shayne

      Eeeek! I’m so excited about these that I can barely work on the next one. Thank you for sharing that with me! 🙂

  • Jaime Miner

    I can’t put your books down! They are inspirational to me.

    • Maggie Shayne

      Wow. Thank you Jaime! That touched my heart. 🙂

  • Lisa Glidewell

    I love your books! I can’t wait to get my hands on this new one, “Sleep with the lights on! ” Today’s post was inspiring. It’s amazing how books can brings us hope when all hope seems lost. You have the wonderful ability to do that with your words in your books. Thank you!

    • Maggie Shayne

      Thank you SO MUCH Lisa. I just love when I can bring hope with my words. It’s like magic. 🙂

  • Nicole Fortuna

    Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

    • Maggie Shayne

      Thanks for reading, Nicole.

  • Flora Segura-Buchler

    Hi Maggie, your letter made me cry. I also had pregnancy related problems: multiple pregnancy losses. My fifth pregnancy was the charm, and we now have a wonderful son. My OB/GYN put me on bed rest for most of that pregnancy so I had plenty of time for reading. Guess what I was happiest reading, Romance, of course. There is nothing like an HEA to help deal with the stress and anxiety of those difficult times in one’s life.

    • Maggie Shayne

      I have no doubt those HEAs helped ease you through that pregnancy. I really think those little souls who miscarry just realized there was something about the body they were growing that wasn’t a match to the life they were intending to live, and so withdrew, to return and try again. We never lose them. They come back to us.

      • Flora Segura-Buchler

        My feelings exactly, Maggie! Thank you for your thoughtful, caring response.

        • Maggie Shayne

          You’re very welcome. 🙂 Thank you for sharing such a personal experience with me.

  • Charlotte Stacy

    Hi Maggie I totally love all your books! I am reading “The Gingerbread Man” (the one on Kobo) now again and can’t wait to read the full version of “Sleep With The Lights On” Rachel will be dear to my heart because of the loss of one of my eye; although, mine was caused by intentional violence from the man I loved, I married since then but it didn’t work out and I’m still holding out hope that one day I will find my soul mate..I’m 47 and miracles can happen…

    • Maggie Shayne

      Charlotte, I didn’t find mine until my forties. Sometimes I think it’s better, because we truly know ourselves at that age, and it’s easier to know who fits our hearts when we know ourselves. Rest assured, he’s out there for you, it’s already done. I have some beautiful exercises and visualizations you can use to help open yourself up to him sooner. Email me or hit me up on FB. or

  • Sandi in OH

    I don’t think you authors understand the impact you have on readers. It was romance books that kept me sane whenever my youngest son was in the hospital because of his seizure disorder. It was romance books that kept me sane when family members were and/or dying.

    • Maggie Shayne

      This author understands it. Because it works the same for me. My books (and music too) have got me through my darkest times. So I get it. Love you for saying that. Thank you.

  • Teresa

    Love your books!

    • Maggie Shayne

      Love my readers! <3

  • ki pha

    That was a lovely fan letter Maggie! thank you for sharing it with us. You’ll never know who’s going to be reading and how it’ll change a life. Totally keep on writing!

    • Maggie Shayne

      Thank you for being here, Ki.

  • Pamby50

    What a wonderful e-mail. The power of reading a good romance. Looking forward to reading something by you. Another author to add to my list to try,

    • Maggie Shayne

      I hope you do, Pam. Email me privately if you want any suggestions. If I know what you like to read I can tell you which of mine to start with. I’ve written almost every genre so chances are we can find something you’ll love. (I hope!) 😉

  • emvark

    Oh, Maggie — that’s a wonderful letter!! huge hugs both to you and the writer of it!!!

    • Maggie Shayne

      Hugs back, Em!

  • Cat Savage Sarno

    I have said it before and I will say it again, not only are you one of the best authors I have read, but you are also an amazing human being. Not many well known people would take time out and respond to fans the way you do. Even fewer would help a simple person get an A on a paper for school. We may not know each other personally, but the emails we have shared and your permission to write my paper based on you have been some of the high points in my life. Thank you for being you.
    Blessed Be.

    • Maggie Shayne

      Blessed be, Cat. (And I was as proud of that A as you were. I tell people “WE” got an A on “OUR” paper.) Love you!

      • Cat Savage Sarno

        Thank you so much. The A was for both of us, Love you lots, and am very blessed to have contact with you

  • Cyndee Martin

    Thanks for sharing that letter. How wonderful! And I am always looking for new authors. Thanks a million

    • Maggie Shayne

      You’re welcome a million!

  • MaryC

    Thank you for all the pleasure your books have given me.

    • Maggie Shayne

      You’re most welcome, Mary. Thanks for joining me in my worlds.

  • Ann

    Wow, that’s a wonderful e-mail!

    • Maggie Shayne

      Thank you Ann.

  • Eileen Wetterstrom

    I’ve enjoyed your books and have introduced you to my son, thinking there are a lot of similarities in thinking between us. We both enjoy your Web site and I catch your news on Facebook. If writing positive stories can touch the reader in a good way then it is only right to do it if you have the talent.

    • Maggie Shayne

      That’s a wonderful way to think of it, Eileen. I like that. If you’re blessed with the gift to be able to do it, you kind of have a responsibility to share that gift, don’t you? Thanks for that.

  • Evelyn S

    Great letter!!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Maggie Shayne

      Any time, Evelyn!

  • Mary McCoy

    What a marvelous email! I look forward to reading Mixing Up a Memory by Jena.

    • Maggie Shayne

      Ohhh, that’s the best ever. I so want her to find her audience as I have. Readers are the best gift an author can have. 🙂 Thank you Mary!

  • Erlinda Mejia

    Thank you for sharing your talent and stories with us. I have enjoyed your work for many years and and always look forward to the next book.

    • Maggie Shayne

      <3 Love you back, Erlinda!

  • Becca Luman

    I really enjoy your books! I’ll have to look up the recommendations you mentioned!

    • Maggie Shayne

      Thanks, Becca. I hope you enjoy them as well. 🙂

  • Anne

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Maggie Shayne

      You’re most welcome!

  • Wow. So glad you shared this and that your reader shared her own story!

    • Maggie Shayne

      Me, too. So glad she took the time to let me know. And that you came by to share it too. 🙂

  • Elizabeth Gray

    Maggie Shayne was my introduction to parnormal reading. I read Twilight Phantasies, and I was hooked. Been reading her work ever sense.

    • Maggie Shayne

      Aw, that’s so sweet Elizabeth. Thanks for posting that.

      • Elizabeth Gray

        You are welcome. I recommend your books all the time.

  • MooMoo Cake

    Jody’s story is amazing. Thank you for sharing her letter and also for writing stories that are beautiful and meaningful to so many of us!

    • Maggie Shayne

      Thank YOU for reading them, MooMoo! 😉

  • QuenKne M

    Oh My Gosh, what a powerful email. I have to go read Edge of Twilight right away. Thanks for sharing~

    And I learned something new…I never knew you wrote for Guiding Light & As The World Turns. I watched those soaps for years.

    • Maggie Shayne

      I watched them too. It was quite an experience seeing the other side of things. 🙂

  • Thank you for sharing that wonderful reader e-mail.

    • Maggie Shayne

      Thanks, Brooke!

  • Cheryl Hastings

    What a wonderful feeling that letter must have given you!

    • Maggie Shayne

      It still does, Cheryl. 🙂

  • leah g

    Wow that’s an awesome letter. Its so cool to read how so many people get so much from books.

    • Maggie Shayne

      Thanks for commenting, Leah.

  • Rebecca Berus

    That is an amazing letter. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Maggie Shayne

      You’re welcome!

  • Kim

    Thank you for sharing that reader email!

    • Maggie Shayne

      Thanks, Kim.

  • donnas

    What an amazing letter, thank you for sharing it with us.

    • Maggie Shayne

      You’re very welcome, Donna.

  • Marcia Berbeza

    There are miracles that happen every day. We never know how we will influence someone’s life, but the key to remember is that someone is always observing us.

    • Maggie Shayne

      I’d like to leave the world with a little more love than it had when I arrived. 🙂

      • Marcia Berbeza


  • Britney Adams

    What a wonderful letter! We never know that impact we will have on others!

    • Maggie Shayne

      So true!

  • suepeace

    What a great letter, Maggie! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Maggie Shayne

      Thanks for stopping by, Sue.

  • Joan Varner

    Thank you for sharing the letter. Miracles happen each day and many times we are lucky enough to witness them – even the small ones. I believe that all romance writers are miracles because they bring me an opportunity to be transported to another place and time for a short while.

    • Maggie Shayne

      That was beautiful, Joan. Thanks.

  • Beverly DeeAnjello

    Sometimes we forget that we can have an impact on others, that was a great letter. Thank you for sharing.

    • Maggie Shayne

      You’re more than welcome Beverly.

  • Dinah Colegrove

    Wow, what a moving letter. You never can tell how much a fiction story can help someone. Sometimes it is only any escape but other times they hold messages of hope and answers to prayers. Thank you for sharing and keep on writing those wonderful stories Maggie!

    • Maggie Shayne

      Thank you Dinah! I can’t seem to stop, so I guess I’ll keep on writing.

  • Betsi Newbury

    This is a beautiful letter. I also have an author suggestion for you if you are looking for novels about love … check out the witch novels by Debora Geary. There is love written in each of them, lots of hidden, and some in-your-face messages, and tons of fun.

    • Maggie Shayne

      I’ll try her! Love witchy novels that are written with authenticity.

  • Ketta Peters

    Your post gave me shivers! I’m hoping that the deadline had the wrong day posted, as it’s the same as all of Day 7’s authors — so this is a “just in case post.”