Day 30 Sarah Morgan – Romance, A Good Thing

The Power of a Happy Moment

Romance makes me happy. Reading it, writing it and talking about it.suddenly SM

I trained as a nurse, which is a better preparation for being a writer than you might imagine because you witness the full spectrum of emotional highs and lows from birth to death. You see the different ways people behave when they’re placed under enormous stress (both patients and staff!) and you’re given a unique insight into the complexity of human relationships.  If you don’t believe me, spend time in the waiting room of the ER. Witnessing those emotional highs and lows taught me one very important lesson – that even when life is incredibly tough, you can still find moments of happiness. In fact, you need to find moments of happiness because those moments are what sustain us in difficult times. As a nurse, I wasn’t always able to make things better, but I could try and make the moment better, sometimes just by being with a patient, so they didn’t go through their darkest hour alone. For me, the biggest satisfaction of the job came from knowing that I’d made a small difference in someone’s difficult day.

I answer all my reader email myself, and over the years I’ve built a relationship with a great number of wonderful people who have trusted me with intimate details of their lives. The importance of sales, reviews and Amazon rankings pales in comparison to being told that one of my stories has sustained someone through a night sitting by a loved one in intensive care, or distracted them through a session of chemo. Life can be tough, and not all problems can be fixed, but I’ve learned never to underestimate the benefits and importance of a happy moment.

Sarah Wendell summarizes it perfectly in her wonderful book, Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels. ‘That incredible Sarah Morgan Burnedpositivity at the end of a good romance is part of why romance-reading is so addictive: that emotional lift at the end creates a sustained feeling of happiness.’ This book is an uplifting, funny, thought-provoking and often emotional read. If you haven’t tried it, then you should.

There are plenty of bad things in life. Romance, both real and fictional, is one of the good things. It may not fix a life, but it can fix a moment. We should celebrate that.



I adore everything Jill Shalvis writes. Her stories are warm, uplifting and represent all that is good about romance. They are a guaranteed ‘happy moment’. I’m also enjoying books by Abby Green, who writes wonderfully intense, passionate, stories for Harlequin Presents and has just written a super hot Cosmo Red Hot Read.

 Questions for the Author

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

I gave up a secure job to write full time. It may not sound particularly dangerous, but to me it felt like jumping without a parachute.

2. Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer.

I came home after a night shift when I was working as a nurse and picked up a romance my roommate had left lying around. It was a medical romance, which shouldn’t have felt like an escape given the night I’d had, but it did. I finished the book in one sitting and thought, ‘I could write that’. I sold my first Medical Romance to Harlequin shortly after and wrote 65 books for Medical Romance and Harlequin Presents before being offered a contract with HQN and moving to single title. It’s my dream job.

3. Tell us about The Book that Changed Your Life.

I was a young teenager and my mother gave me a copy of Jane Eyre. I fell in love with the brooding Mr Rochester and the rest is history.

Sarah MorganUSA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. Described as ‘a magician with words’ by RT Book Reviews, she has sold over 11 million copies of her books. She has been nominated four years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and won the award twice; in 2012 for her book ‘Doukakis’s Apprentice’ and 2013 for ‘A Night of No Return’. She also won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their ‘Top Pick’ slot.

As a child, Sarah dreamed of being a writer and although she took a few interesting detours along the way, she is now living that dream.

Sarah lives near London with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing, she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying.

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