Day 13 Emma Chase – All Things Are Possible

Tale as Old as Time

Why romance?Tangled Red Cover

I was asked this question once soon after my first novel, Tangled, was published. It wasn’t a difficult question to answer at the time.

Because I love it.

Reading it, writing it, experiencing that moment when the words disappear from the page and I see the story play out in my mind – feel it in my heart.

Simple enough.

Until – like a persistent four year old – the follow-up question came.

But why do you love it?

This one gave me pause – because it was easy to know, more difficult to explain. What is it about romance that keeps us all coming back for more? No matter how many books we read, or write?

Is it the happy ending? The dashing (and sometimes not-so-dashing) heroes? The beautiful heroines? The clever banter? The sex scenes?

Yes. I enjoy all those things in romance. But more than any of them – it’s the love.Tamed cover final

I am an author and a reader in love with love. Love is magical. Mysterious. Love is adventure and power. Sometimes it’s borderline obsession – a sickness. More often, it’s the cure. Love is sexy and fun. Joyous.

Romance allows us to have those experiences – feel all the feels – without any of the trappings or constraints of reality. Whether it’s to a land far, far away, a New York City high-rise or Regency England, we’re taken on a thrilling journey without ever leaving the safety of our couch or beach chair. We’re given a brief escape from dishes, bills and errands without the worry of being irresponsible – because it’ll all still be there when we close the book or power down the e-reader.

We cry the tears, laugh out loud and taste the passion. In romance all things are possible. Because love makes anything – everything – worth it.

“The human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”

– John Keating, Dead Poet’s Society

Recommendations:

My go-to authors who always put out (lol) interesting, entertaining & sexy stories: (alphabetically) Alice Clayton, Julie Garwood, Christina Lauren, Jodi Ellen Malpas and Tiffany Reisz


Questions For The Author

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

One of the most daring and inspiring things I’ve ever done is writing and publishing a novel. Even though it was fiction, I had come to care for the characters and loved the story. Putting my work out there while knowing that not everyone would love it the way I did (because we all have different perspectives and tastes) was difficult. Nerve-racking. But ultimately amazing & wonderful.

Also – the most adventurous thing I’ve ever done is parasailing. In Mexico. I have a terrible fear of heights, but I wanted to experience it at least once. And I’m glad I did…but I’ll never do it again :o)

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?)

I’ve enjoyed telling and writing stories my entire life. Though I’ve had a variety of interests and hobbies, writing was always a constant – through grade school, high school, college and adulthood.

After my children were born, I stopped writing for a few years because there simply wasn’t enough hours in the day. When they got a little older, I was able to take a creative writing course at a local college – just for fun. An assignment from that class inspired a scene that became part of the first chapter of my first published romantic comedy – and I haven’t stopped writing since.

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

There have been a few books that affected my life, but the one that really changed it the most was Tangled. I was thrilled & humbled by the overwhelmingly positive response when Tangled was released. Tangled’s success has allowed me to write full-time, work with amazing people in the publishing industry and share more of my stories with readers. It’s been an incredible experience.

Emma is generously giving away two  signed sets of Tangled, Twisted & Tamed, one to a U.S. reader (entry below) and one to an international winner (enter here). 


emma chase headshotEMMA CHASE made her fiction debut with the New York Times and USA Today bestseller Tangled. She lives in a small town in rural New Jersey with her husband and children. Follow Emma on Twitter, Facebook, or visit www.emmachase.net.

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  • Hannah B

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on romance. I really enjoy your books. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • TBYD 8.20.14

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  • Mj

    I have to admit I have not read your books before but definitely will be adding you to my wish list. Of course I also wish there were more hours in the day so I could read everything on my wish list 😉

  • Kathleen O

    I loved Tangled.. and I can’t wait to read Tamed…

  • LisaVH

    Love makes it all worth it. Great quote!

  • Sue G.

    I agree, I love love too! I love Drew too! 😉 Such a fun mouth on him! That Kate is one lucky lady!

  • Kim

    I haven’t read anything by you but I have to say I am thankful for this because it’s introducing me to new authors! <3

  • Patty Vasquez

    The quote by Keating is perfect. I read in many different sub-genres of romance for exactly the reasons you mentioned: I can go on thrilling journeys in many different settings and with many different types of characters and always be ensured of passion, love, and an HEA.

  • Britt

    I can’t wait to dive into your love story.

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I enjoyed reading your essay. I can’t wait to read your book.

  • Michelle Harlan

    Love that you chose Keating’s quote! It’s one of my favorites. I haven’t read your work yet, but after several recommendations it’s on my list!

  • Debbie Fuller

    Even Jesus said “Love is the greatest”.

  • May

    Oh… I love your recommended authors. 🙂

  • Quinn Fforde

    Very true. You used a very timely quote at the end, too!

  • Sheila M

    Thanks for your thoughts. I agree completely!

  • Karen G.

    What a beautiful way to describe why we are drawn to romance/love. Also how current that you used a quote from Dead Poet’s Society to bring out even more emotion proving further how romance/love can touch us in so many ways. Thanks for the post and the chance to win a set of your fabulous books!

  • Kim

    Publishing a book is quite an accomplishment.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I like what you said about romance allowing us to escape from reality for awhile. That is why I read. Those happy endings make me feel happy, too!

  • Kimberly L.

    I love that something she wrote in a creative writing class became a book!

  • Rochelle

    I loved your response to “why romance?” It is indeed love and HEAS that keep us happy and engaged.

  • Glittergirl

    I’ve heard so much about Tangled, that it’s such a great book! I haven’t read it yet but I’d love to so here I am entering your drawing, lol. I loved your quote “We cry the tears, laugh out loud and taste the passion. In romance all things are possible. Because love makes anything – everything – worth it.” so I think I’d really enjoy your books. Best wishes on your writing career. Good for you taking the jump 😀

  • M Kuxhaus

    I know it’s nothing like parasailing, but I went down a tube slide this summer, and I must say NEVER again. The combination of a small space, darkness, and water was too terrifying for me to consider again. It didn’t help that I hit my head at the end of the ride. I suspected I might suffer from claustrophobia before the slide, but now I’m convinced. The added threat of drowning did not make it any easier.

  • Emmel

    I love romance because it loves me back! 🙂

  • Courtney Cogswell

    I am definitely a reader in love with love too! I love all types of books but romance is my favorite because of the love and happy ever after. Your books sound right up my alley and I’m adding them to my to be read list now 🙂

  • donnas

    Because I love it is the absolutely perfect answer. Says it all right there.

  • Martha B

    For me, romance (novels) allow me to travel to very different worlds without leaving home. Thank you for creating places we can visit.

  • Stephanie Fredrick

    So very true, loved the post and completely agree. Keating has always been a favorite.

  • Joan Varner

    A great description of how romance, no matter the time period, can provide readers with all of the “feels” that make it worthwile to escape.

  • mariannewestrich

    You’ve been on my TBR pile for a while. Guess I’ll move your book up to the top!

  • Stephanie M.

    I am new to your books and can’t wait to read them.

  • Tammy H

    Great post!

  • I like that you want romance for the same reasons I like to read it. Lol. Sometimes reading about the blossom of romance reminds me of when I first fell in love with my husband.

  • Laurie W G

    People ask me a lot why I read romance. It makes me feel happy, It’s an escape.
    I agree with your statement, “Love makes everything worth it.”

    I too love Julie Garwood’s work. I will check out your recommended authors.

    I’d love to read your series TANGLED, TAMED and TWISTED!

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    Enjoyed your description about why we are drawn to romance. Thank you for sharing your insight.

  • Jen C

    Yes! I love this post! Especially the Keating lines!

  • Kim

    Your post made me smile. I love many of the authors you recommended. I love Drew and Kate!! Drew is a delightfully unique and humorous character. 🙂

  • rebecca moe

    I loved Tangled! I listened to it on audio, and the narrator was fantastic–perfectly cast 🙂 Can’t wait to get to the rest of the series!

  • Gloria Landavazo

    I haven’t had the pleasure of reading your novel’s yet but I hope to remedy that soon!!

  • Renery Gatpayat

    But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. — Oh, how true is that. Perfect quote from Keating there! 🙂 and yeah, I love this series. It’s light, funny and leave you falling in love.

  • Ann Mettert

    I found her post really interesting.

  • AmyR

    Thanks for the post, I loved Tangled, Twisted and Tamed.

  • Erin F

    thanks so much for the great post! Definitely adding Tangled to my wishlist now 😉

  • Pamby50

    Love that you quoted The Dead Poets Society. So many of your back up authors I’ve read. Will have to add Tangled to my list to read.

  • I am a huge fan of Emma Chase! Really enjoyed the Q & A 🙂

  • Kristen Kocher

    I’ve heard such great things about Emma’s books! They are high on my never-ending TBR!

  • Peni Anne

    Thank you for sharing. I also am drawn to the romance because there is so much hope and possibilities brought forth. Nothing is ever totally dismal when there is the hope of love out there.

  • Kristy Petree

    I’ve heard awesome things about Emma’s books, so I’m crossing my fingers. 🙂
    Great post. It would be pretty daring to put yourself out there with your first book. I’m not an aspiring author (you’re welcome LOL), but I think I would be very self conscious about that, second-guessing my work, rewriting scenes, driving friends crazy to review, etc. And I will never go parasailing!

  • Ruth

    I was touched by your explanation of love. Thanks for sharing.

  • Damaris

    Tangled is one of my favorites! Cleverly written!

  • Judy Goodnight

    I truly believe that love & romance are what makes life worth living.