Day 16 AC Arthur – The Reality of Romance

The Reality of Reading Romance

Prospective Reader: What type of books do you write? shifter's claim2-1

Me: [smiling proudly] I write romance, paranormal and contemporary, very sexy and steamy love stories.

Prospective Reader: [frowning like a juvenile] I hate romance. It’s so unrealistic.

I’ve had this reaction more than once in my career as I’m sure other writers have as well. And yet, it bothers me every time. How many of us have met a great guy, dated, had a few obstacles, overcame them and got married? Me!! [I yell exuberantly while raising my hand] I know I’m not the only one raising my hand either. How many of us are looking for a great guy to date, to work through issues and to live happily ever after? [I can see more hands being raised.] And how many of us just love to escape into a world where these dreams are made a reality every time? [More hands going up. Yay!]

One of my favorite reactions to reading romance is when the butterflies appear in my stomach as I turn each page wondering if love will actually conquer all. In Nora Roberts’, Daring To Dream, Margo Sullivan and Josh Templeton had me nervous and waiting with bated breath for them to get it together and put the past behind them. And when they finally made it I was elated for them. I’ve read this book more than a dozen times. Jill Shalvis brought me to the town of Lucky Harbor where in Simply Irresistable Maddie Moore and Jax Cullen had some pretty realistic issues standing between them. Did they overcome them? Sure they did, but not without a lot of ups and downs, and great sex in between! We can never leave out the great sex!

How many of us are looking for great sex? [Yeah, I’m not even going to count the number of hands I see going up.]

The last time I checked, having an absentee mother and looking for a new start in life, making mistakes in our past that come back to haunt us and simply wanting to be loved, are pretty realistic parts of life. So where’s the unrealistic part? Is it in finding a happy ever after? If that’s the thought then aren’t we a dismal bunch of pessimistic people.

I read romance because it makes me feel good, it makes me feel hopeful, when the real world sometimes paints a different picture. I write romance because I love the journey of walking two people down the path that will bring them a happy ever after, the ending that I wish for everyone, even the cynical reader who walks away from my table with the juvenile frown.

Recommendations :

For sexy, heartfelt romances, I highly recommend Farrah Rochon, Phyllis Bourne and Sherrelle Green.

  2014 Questions For The Author

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

Daring and adventurous are not words normally associated with me. LOL I’m an introvert and I like schedules and dependability. I know, boring right? Let’s see, I went on a ski trip a few years ago and although I was still too nervous to ski I did try snow tubing and actually enjoyed it.

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?)

When I was in tenth grade I won a writing contest wherein we had to write about our favorite teacher. That was the first time I realized people actually liked what I wrote—because parts of that essay were absolutely fiction. J I had already been reading the Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal and my mother’s Danielle Steele books. By the time I was in eleventh grade I had begun reading Nora Roberts and wondering how I would write her characters differently. I knew then that I loved to write, but not necessarily that I wanted to be a professional writer. That decision came later on when circumstances caused me to leave my full time job to stay at home with my sick daughter. I had several books and a play finished by that point but being home afforded me time to research becoming published. I figured this might be a way of earning income while being able to take care of my daughter. Three years later I received my first writing contract.

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

Danielle’s Steele’s Star introduced me to complex characters and the idea that a story could be written in several different ways to get to a happy ending. I loved the journey to adulthood that Crystal Wyatt had to take in search of her true place in life. Her story evoked all sorts of emotion within me and instead of simply enjoying reading as I had done previously, I’d begun to live for the next story, the next escape so to speak.

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AC Arthur Bio

Artist C. Arthur was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she currently resides with her husband and three children. An active imagination and a love for reading encouraged her to begin writing in high school and she hasn’t stopped since.

Working in the legal field for more than twenty years now she’s seen lots of horrific things and longs for the safe haven reading a romance novel brings. Her debut novel Object of His Desire was written when a picture of an Italian villa sparked the idea of an African-American/Italian hero. To date, Artist has written in several genres including young adult paranormal (written as Artist Arthur,, erotic romance as Sapphire Blue, a sensual contemporary romance following the loves and life of The Donovan Family, and most recently a sexy paranormal series titled The Shadow Shifters, both written as A.C. Arthur ( .

Determined to bring a new edge to romance, Artist continues to develop intriguing plots, sensual love scenes, racy characters and fresh dialogue—thus keeping the readers on their toes!

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