Day 30 Patricia Rice – Love Makes the World Better

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Celebrating romance is a lovely idea, but “romance” is in the eye of the beholder, or perhaps in the definition of the person reading it. Although I write genre romance, I have never claimed to be a romantic. I am, after all, a pragmatic accountant. Candy and flowers and sappy movies may be romantic, but my practical nature prefers a good dinner, a rose bush, and a book, thank you very much.

But love stories have been my reading material for as long as I can remember. I’m quite convinced Dick and Jane had a relationship when they grew up. Gloomy Jane Eyre found love at the end, even if her happy-ever-after was besmirched by more misfortune. None of the Brontes’ tragic stories were romances, but they certainly contained love stories, however tormented, and I scarfed them up. I kept reading Nancy Drew hoping she and the Hardy Boys would get together, because it just made sense.

Perhaps that’s at the core of my love of romantic stories—I believe the right people ought to be together because they can help each other face the world, because life is so much more fun when you share it, and two heads are almost always better than one. Heaven only knows, I’d only be a half-wit without my other half. My love of romance has very little to do with cards and flowers and sappy sentimentality and everything to do with people—all people—opening their hearts to let others in.

I would rather say I celebrate love because that’s a universal, glorious emotion that can be shared by parents and children, pets, friends, and magic mannature… We can love and benefit from love, no matter what the form.

Love in its truest incarnation wants the loved one to be happy, to grow, improve, and be all they can be. A parent may love a child as a part of themselves, but it takes true love for the parent to discipline the child and to let them fly free when they’re ready. Parental love certainly can’t be considered romance, but that kind of unselfish love is the basis of every romance I’ve ever written. Couples in a relationship should want the same thing for each other—that they be happy. And the relationship should provide the kind of support that allows each partner to spread their wings. While romantic words might be in character for some, they’re not the core of romance, love is.

Looked at from the broader perspective, love can only make the world better. If we all learned to love one another, we could end hatred and war and maybe even world hunger. So let’s celebrate love in all its forms!


There are so very many authors I would love to recommend! If I limit myself to romance, I’ll suggest one well-established author who isn’t in the traditional romance community—Jill Mansell. Her very British contemporary comedies are the kind of love stories that I adore. And an author who isn’t exactly new to the business but has re-invented herself with her indie-pubbed contemporary sports romance—Mindy Klasky.

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

Daring and adventurous: zip-lining over jungle, river, and canyon in Mexico. Or maybe instead of daring, it was just stupid, because we knew darned well there were no regulations monitoring all those wires and cables, and we watched people get stuck hanging over the river. But we did it anyway. And now we don’t have to do it again!

Inspiring: having children. You just can’t beat holding that baby in your arms and knowing you will be responsible for the kind of person s/he will become. Awe-inspiring.

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 knew from the moment I first held a fat pencil in my grubby little hand that I would write. I filled notebooks at the age of nine. By twelve, I had a typewriter, taught myself to type, and wrote entire books. I had stories to tell. I filled pages of teen angst into diaries and murdered people I didn’t like in Nancy Drew-style mysteries. But I also knew that writers starved in garrets, and that I wasn’t fond of going without food. So I went to school to become a journalist and learned that introverts make very bad journalists. At which point, I became an accountant and sold my first book the first week I took a job as a CPA.

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

This is a really tough question. Reading Pride and Prejudice in fourth grade taught me the wonders of romance. Reading Catch 22 in college and grasping the awesome concepts hidden in the crazy action caused me to write an essay that had my English professor encouraging me to write more. As a shy kid, that encouragement helped me to keep writing, even though circumstances were stacked against me. And reading The Flame and the Flower a decade later gave me a direction for all my research and love of romance. So, no, I can’t list just one book, sorry!

Patricia is generously giving away one trade-size print edition of  The Risk of Love and Magic, her latest contemporary romance, and one copy of Magic Man to U.S. readers (one book each to two separate winners, entry below) and a digital copy of the same book to an international winner (enter here).

riceWith several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today’s lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice is one of romance’s hottest authors. Her emotionally-charged romances have won numerous awards and been honored as RITA® finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories. She is thrilled to be expanding into mystery and urban fantasy.



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