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.

Sarah
xxx

Recommendations:

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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  • Laurie W G

    I liked the part where you mentioned your work as a nurse and how you felt you helped people even if just for a small moment in time. I’ll look for your medical romances.

  • Cheryl Hastings

    I’ve never read a medical romance….looking forward to one of yours!

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I have definitely read romance to escape some stressful times. Sleigh Bells in the Snow was one of my favorite books last year!

    • So glad you enjoyed Sleigh Bells in the Snow Sharlene! xxx

  • Patty Vasquez

    As a teacher, some of my days can be very difficult. I turn to romance novels for exactly the same reasons both you and Sarah Wendell mentioned. There are times when I need the emotional lift and the sustained feeling of happiness romance novels provide that I can actually carry back to the classroom with me the next day.

    • You do a valuable and important job Patty (and one I’d never be able to do!) – so glad to hear that romance novels give you a lift. xxx

  • cheryl c.

    I love your O’Neil brothers series, and I am looking forward to the next one.

    • So pleased to hear that Cheryl! I can’t wait for Maybe This Christmas to be released – hope you love reading about Tyler xx

  • Make Kay

    Yup, my life really is not bad at all, but i still crave the escape that books give me, romance most of all. Thanks for your essay!

    • I think we all deserve some ‘time out’, no matter what is going on in life. Hope you find some great stories to read xx

  • TrishJ

    I love your books. Just “discovered” you this year. I love romance books because of the comfort, humor and romance. Love to get lost with a great story.

    • Trish, those are the qualities I love about romance books too – so glad you’re enjoying my stories and hope you find plenty of good ones to read this winter! x

  • CattleKate

    I have read several of the Harlequin books you have written and enjoyed them all.

  • Dawna Coniglio

    As hard as life has been this past year for me, having my husband by my side has made it easier to get through and preserve.

    • I’m so sorry you’ve had a rough year Dawna but pleased you had someone you love by your side to support you. Really hope things improve for you soon. xxx

  • Martha B

    The above essay/post was “spot on” as you Brits would say. I’m eagerly looking forward to the final book in the trilogy of the O’Neil Brothers. October 29 can’t come too soon!

    • Sarah Morgan

      Hi Martha, glad you enjoyed it and I’m so happy you’re looking forward to the final book, Maybe This Christmas. Hope you enjoy Tyler’s story. xxx

    • Hi Martha, glad you enjoyed it and I’m so happy you’re looking forward to the final book, Maybe This Christmas. Hope you enjoy Tyler’s story. xx

  • Sheila M

    I adore Jane Eyre. It is one of my formative books as well and I read it all the time.

    • Glad to hear I’m not alone with that as a favourite Sheila xx

  • Geraldine Pierson

    My life took a down hill turn when 3 1/2 years ago my husband was told he had prostate cancer and they operated almost 2 years ago. He has not popped back to same person he was and he became depressed and has withdrawn from me. I got him to read and he loves to read romance books now. You are a new author for us and we like your books. I hope getting him to read is helping him. This month we celebrated 44 years of marriage by going out to eat and it was like he was back to normal but I know he is not. Keep up the good work of making people happy with your writing.

    • I’m so sorry you’ve both had such a tough time Geraldine. Sounds as if you’ve had to cope with a great deal – the worry alone must be exhausting, so I’m pleased you’ve both found some respite in reading and happy my books have played a part in that. Congratulations on 44 years and I hope things get easier for you. Love Sarah xxx

  • Lorelei’s Lit Lair

    Oh, Sarah Morgan, I have only read 3 of your novels and I’m thrilled to discover you have a big long backlist to enjoy. A happy moment can definitely make a difference in someone’s life, definitely far more rewarding. that’s why I enjoy recommending romance novels! ♥ thanks for the chance to win. xox

    • It was a lucky day for me when you discovered me Lorelei! xxxx

  • Emmel

    I think many of us have so much stress in our lives. The ability of romance of alleviate stress, even if only for the time that we’re reading that book, is a fantastic thing.

    • I agree Emmel. The power of the happy moment is not to be underestimated! xxx

  • Tammy H

    It sounds like you were a great nurse!

    • Aw I don’t know about that Tammy, but I certainly did my best – and thank you! xxx

  • Mj

    I have not read your books, but now will definitely add you to my list of authors. I love that you were a nurse as well, my mother was one and several family members are now.

    • Thank you MJ. Great that you have so many nurses in your family – it’s an important job. xxx

  • Debbie Fuller

    I love your line, “romance…..may not fix a life, but it can fix a moment.”

    • Thank you Debbie – I think focusing on the moment can be a helpful way of relieving stress xxx

  • Erica H

    You bring great humor to your romance novels. They are always fun.

    • Thanks Erica! So happy my books make you smile xxx

  • Sharon Forbes

    I really enjoyed your post for a couple of different reasons: 1. My mom is a retired rn, and my dad was an rn as well ( they met in nursing school!), so I can relate in a way, of what you said about what it meant to be a nurse. 2. I have a new-found respect for nurses after the year I have had. I have had two major health challenges, the first one put me in the hospital for two weeks, and now I’m undergoing chemo for breast cancer, and I have realized what hard work, compassion, and heart it takes to be a nurse, so God bless all you rns out there! Also, God bless you, and all.the other wonderful authors out there that write tirelessly to give all of us readers hours of pleasure and escape! 🙂

    • Sharon, I love that your parents met in nursing school. I’m so sorry you’ve been on the receiving end of nursing care yourself and I hope you surround yourself with people who love you and small things that give you pleasure to help you handle the challenge of chemo. I’m sending you my very best wishes xxxxxxx

  • ihuoma

    U are the author that made me fall in love with halequin present, as long as it’s Sarah Morgan I have to read it but unfortunately for me it’s hard to get foreign novels in my country. I would have read all ur books by now. Love u

    • Thank you for those kind words Ihuoma – so happy to hear you enjoy my Harlequin Presents, but sorry to hear they’re not always easy to find where you are. Love right back to you xx

  • Vickie P

    Loving your O’Neil brothers series…and reading about your new writing office. My mother, who passed away this past winter, really began writing in her 50s and turned an old chicken coop into her office!! I know she would have loved your office even more. 😀

    • So sorry for the loss of your mother Vickie, but how wonderful that she was a writer. I hope she left you lots of words to treasure. I love the story of her office – she was obviously a resourceful woman. And yes I’m so fortunate with my new garden office 🙂 Not a chicken coop, but my neighbours have chickens so I can hear them when I have my windows open. I’m so happy you’re enjoying my O’Neil Brothers. I had so much fun writing them. xxx

  • LSUReader

    Thanks for the post. I read (and loved) Sleigh Bells in the Snow and am looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy.

    • So glad you enjoyed Sleigh Bells in the Snow xx

  • LisaVH

    I am definitely going to add Sarah Wendell’s book to my list. Sounds like something I’d really enjoy.

    • It’s a great book Lisa, I really recommend it xx

  • M Kuxhaus

    Romance makes me happy, too!

  • Marie

    Sarah, thank you for the great post! The positive difference that romance books make in people’s lives is so important, I agree. I discovered your books about a year ago and can’t seem to get enough of them! I’ve been diligently checking used book sales for your backlist titles, and with 65+ books in your backlist it sounds like I have a ways to go, which is wonderful news for my reading heart. Thank you again for your writing and for the chance to win!

    • So happy you’re enjoying my books Marie! xx

  • Dawn Anderson

    I read Jane Eyre as a teenager and it made me a book lover for life!

  • Kortney

    I have never read Jane Eyre but would love to as I really liked the movie! I know the books are always better than the movies! Also just bought your book a couple weeks ago and can’t wait to read it!

    • Hope you enjoy my book Kortney, and also Jane Eyre – should be easily found in any library xx

  • Anna

    I like the idea that romance can make a moment better, even if it can’t solve the problem.

  • Quinn Fforde

    Good post! That’s why I read romance.

    • Hope romance brings you plenty of happy moments Quinn x

  • Joan Varner

    Thank you for your post. I never thought about the fact that reading romance can make just a moment better; but it’s very true.

  • Pamby50

    What a leap from nursing to writing. Thank you for writing such wonderful romance book.

    • It was a bit of a leap, but a good one! Thank you xx

  • Connie Saunders

    Enjoyed your thoughts on romance. I think that a dreary day can be Brightened by a good romantic story.

  • Meredith Richeson Hillenbrand

    I loved Jane Eyre! I can remember sneaking a flashlight into my bed to read it under the covers at night when I was a teen. I can imagine how scary it was changing careers like that, but I am sure that we are all better for it. Thanks for writing!!

    • LOL I read it as a teen under the covers too Meredith, and thanks for your kind words xx

      • Meredith Richeson Hillenbrand

        You’re welcome! Have a great day!

  • Ruth

    Jane Erye hooked many romance readers including me. Thanks for sharing your post.

    • Thanks for joining in Read a Romance month Ruth x

  • Yaritza Santana

    I would definitely have the same feeling if I left my job to write. I love reading more.

    • Hope you find plenty of wonderful reading Yaritza x

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    I enjoyed your post. There is so much that can help brighten those dreary days. My daughter is a trauma nurse, so we’ve heard stories. Thank you.

  • Kathryn Trask

    Love your books. Just ‘found’ you this year thanks to all those readers who blog.

    • So pleased you enjoy my books Kathryn. I’m so grateful to all those wonderful readers who share their opinion on books xxx

  • Stephanie M.

    Thank you for your post. I am new to your books and look forward to reading them.

  • mariannewestrich

    You are so right — the escape provided by good romance novels is what helped me through the loss of my father!

    • I’m so sorry for your loss Marianne. That’s a huge thing – I’m glad reading helped a little xx

  • Rochelle

    I loved your line that romance may not fix a life but it can fix a moment. Sometimes when you are at a low point, those novels are a saving grace and can make you forget for just a little while!

    • I really hope so Rochelle. Glad you enjoyed the post. xxx

  • Courtney Cogswell

    Hot, happy contemporary romance sounds right up my alley! And I couldn’t agree more with your quote from Sarah Wendell…I knew I liked her book blogs for a reason. I haven’t gotten a chance to check out her book but it sounds like it will pretty well sum up my reasons for why I love reading romance. Great post and I’ll look forward to reading your books as well!

    • It’s an excellent book Courtney – I recommend it without hesitation. So glad you enjoyed the post and happy reading!

  • Kim

    Being a nurse must be so stressful. It must be hard to keep emotionally detached when dealing with a case.

    • There were days when it was very stressful Kim, but rewarding even on those days. Thanks for joining in Read a Romance Month xx

  • Glenda

    ” 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.”

    Very well said!

  • Sue G.

    I love the happy in romances too! It is why I enjoy reading them!

  • Marcy Shuler

    I love finding out you were also a nurse. I worked in Psych and you see the whole realm of emotions and life experiences. That’s why I read romance. There are too many things in life that aren’t happy, yet my books make me happy.

  • rebecca moe

    Thanks so much for sharing–and for writing! I can’t wait to read your latest 🙂

  • Evelyn S

    I love your books!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • flchen1

    So, SO true, Sarah! I read romance for the happy, and yes, books can transform a moment and a life 🙂

  • Erin F

    Absolutely soooo true. So many times romance has been an escape from life’s harsh realities and have lifted my spirit sooo many times. Thanks for sharing!