Day 6 Susan Mallery – True Believer: Love Exists

Celebrating Romance

I write 4-5 books per year and cumulatively have written more than 100 romances… and yet, I love it as much today as I did when I started.

I still hold my breath in the moments before the first kiss. I still go squishy inside when the hero realizes that he’s in love and accepts, finally, that his life will be incomplete unless he can spend it with this woman.Susan Mallery Book Cover

When I’m not writing romance, I’m reading it. Nothing is more fundamentally satisfying to me than the happily ever after. It speaks to me on a soul level. I am, and always will be, a true believer. A romance evangelist.

Why? Because I have met many, many happily married people. I am a happily married person. And every one of those relationships started somewhere. In each, there was a first meeting, a first kiss, growing feelings, and a declaration of love. There are fantasy elements to the books we read and write, but at the core is a profound truth—love exists, and it can last forever.

Love is not a fantasy. Every love story is unique, because each couple is unique. How could I possibly grow tired of telling these marvelous stories?! Love makes the world a better place, and writing about love is the most fulfilling, life-affirming thing I could imagine. To celebrate Read-A-Romance Month, every day in August I will post real-life romance moments on my Facebook page, www.facebook.com/susanmallery.

These stories are courtesy of generous readers who shared their hearts with me. Here are a couple of “aww!” moments to whet your appetite:

Linda C:  My husband Bobby and I first caught sight of each other in 1965 when my Mom & I pulled into a Texaco service station where he was the attendant. In the “old” days attendants came out to the car, washed the windshield, checked the oil & filled the car with gasoline. Bobby was washing the windshield on my side of the car & we just made eye contact & clicked! Six months later we were married in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Fort Worth, Texas and the rest is history, 48 years of it this past February 19th! Sus Mal

Angie B: I have been married for 25 years and my husband has done countless romantic things over the years, but as anyone who has been married a long time knows, sometimes you take the love for granted. That being said, I have to say, as far as I’m concerned at least, one of the most romantic things my husband has done lately is a few weeks ago he had the flu, and I was gonna go to town and get his medicine and stuff, Gatorade and soups etc. We live 30 miles from town, and my husband offered to go with me, because we had bad storms with tornado chances coming our way. The only way he would let me go by myself was if I promised to go right down there and right back with no messing around. It just reminded me of how much he cares, even if it wasn’t with flowers or candles or candies.

Emily C: My husband and I met almost 18 years ago on the very first day of school in 9th grade Biology. He can tell you exactly where I was sitting, what I was wearing, and says I was laughing at something and my smile stopped him in his tracks. We were friends all through high school. Became best friends during college, but lost track of each other after college. I knew he had joined the Navy, but that was it. Fast forward to our 10 year high school reunion, no one knew where he was. Thanks to Google…I searched and discovered where he was an NROTC instructor. I emailed the general email asking for my information to be passed along to him. What I didn’t know was he was in charge of the account. Says he sat there rereading my email many times over before he replied. We were both still single…admitted we had always had a crush on each other. We went to our reunion as each other dates. One year later, we got married. This year we will celebrate our five year anniversary!!! We have two beautiful boys…and I married a true officer and a gentleman!

Recommendations: I’ll recommend three romance authors I love – Alexis Morgan, Christine Rimmer, and RaeAnne Thayne. I can count on each of them for a well written story that grabs me by the heart. Every time.

You can read Alexis Morgan’s RARM content on her site. And RaeAnne Thayne’s RARM content on hers.


Questions for the Author

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

Turning down a paying job in accounting to follow my dream to be a writer. I’m talking about a job with a regular paycheck and benefits and (gasp) vacation time. This is post college, when money was so tight the only one eating meat in my house was the cat! But I’d finally figured out what I was supposed to do with my life. I’d found my passion. That was worth the risk.

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

When I was growing up, it never occurred to me that being a writer was a valid career option. I thought that writers had to be sophisticated, wear black turtlenecks, smoke long cigarettes, and live in France. I didn’t think a regular girl who grew up in L.A. could be a writer. Plus I’d never smoked and I sure wasn’t going to start! Then, when I was in college studying Accounting (a “real job”), I saw a flyer advertising a night class titled “How to Write a Romance Novel.” I was too busy with “real” classes to take it, despite how much I really, really wanted to. I’d been reading romance since I was in middle school, and the idea of writing one filled me with a breathless sort of hopefulness. After a couple of semesters, seeing that flyer periodically on the board, I thought to myself, “She’s not going to teach that class forever. If you want to take it, you’d better do it.” So I did. I carried my full workload of accounting classes, and I took a just-for-fun writing class in the evenings. By the time the class was over, I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life.

3 – Tell us about the (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)

It’s not one book that changed my life, it’s the act of reading. When I was 9 we moved to a really rural part of LA. For 5 years, it was just me. No other kids within a couple of miles. Which wasn’t a problem during the school year, but during the summer, I was on my own. It could have been a horrible time in my life (this is, sadly, pre internet.) I could have been so bored and lonely, but I wasn’t. Every Saturday my dad took me to the library and I loaded up on as many books as we both could carry. All week I traveled the world and met interesting people and loved everything about each of them. Books were my summer friends, my vacations, my adventures. Books showed me the world.

Susan is generously offering two complete sets of audiobooks of her 2013 trilogy (JUST ONE KISS, TWO OF A KIND, and THREE LITTLE WORDS) on CD. Two winners will each get three audiobooks. (Enter using the form below.) Domestic only, apologies to international readers.


Susan Mallery With more than 25 million books sold worldwide, New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery is known for creating characters who feel as real as the folks next door, and for putting them into emotional, often funny situations readers recognize from their own lives. Susan’s books have made Booklist’s Top 10 Romances list in four out of five consecutive years. RT Book Reviews says, “When it comes to heartfelt contemporary romance, Mallery is in a class by herself.” With her popular, ongoing Fool’s Gold series, Susan has reached new heights on the bestsellers lists and has won the hearts of countless new fans. Susan grew up in southern California, moved so many times that her friends stopped writing her address in pen, and now has settled in Seattle with her husband and the most delightfully spoiled little dog who ever lived.

Visit Susan online at www.SusanMallery.com.

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