Grace Burrowes – Writing for the Joy

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Once Upon a Joy…

One of the first acronyms I heard as an aspiring romancTremaine final crope author was “the B-B-M.” I have four brothers, and so my mind went to, “The big WHAT?”

I was partly right. The acronym stands for the Big Black Moment and refers to the point in the story when all hope is lost. True love—after 330 pages of struggle, bliss, and more struggle—is left bruised and alone in a deep, muddy ditch. That’s the scene where the reader glowers at the author, figuratively, and says, “This is a romance. You weren’t supposed to let this nasty business happen to two people who have finally, finally earned a happily ever after.”

Because true love must NEVER be left in the stinky old ditch, the reader hangs in there, as do the lovers, and the happily ever after arrives forty pages later despite the odds.   

Many writers say when they can “see” the Big Black Moment, they have the book. They know what goal they’re writing toward, they know how to wrap up the loose hello_450x2ends, they have the book. Nonetheless, it’s a hard scene to write. If I’m going to cry with my characters, this scene is usually the one that gets to me.

Why?

Because dealing with loss is one of the secrets to romance, and to a happily ever after. Think about it. Every romance protagonist we love has been handed difficult losses—of innocence, of dignity, of security, of loved ones, of a world that worked well for them. Like us, those characters muddle on as best they can, but their lives are diminished by the loss they’ve endured and the pain it still causes. They do the best they can, usually playing it safe, either by avoiding attachments, controlling as much as they can, or keeping their dreams small.

Then along comes love, in the guise of somebody who can see the hurt, and see how much a life lived in fear of more pain is costing the protagonist. Often, the two (or more) protagonists are dealing with similar wounds, but they’ve each tried a different means of coping with the hurt… and neither one is especially successful. The party girl is lonely, the lone wolf is lonely too. The tireless warrior duke is exhausted, the spunky spinster is so sick of being spunky she’s ready to say a lot of very bad words.

But love has arrived, so into that safe, small, lonely, Scot Ties the Knot DAREtired life, comes a whiff of something intoxicatingly sweet—acceptance. “I see you,” is the subtext of every meet scene. “I truly, truly see you, bad words and all.” So attractive are the people who see us and don’t look away, that intimacy can now come stealing back into a heart that had decided to never permit that folly again.

Courage and love are two sides of the same coin, and as a romance develops, the stakes for keeping the love demand more and more courage, until that miserable big, black moment, when even courage won’t seem to be enough. What’s lost in that moment is every dream, prayer, wish, and memory of a life lived from the heart, and what threatens is not simply the deep, slippery, stinky ditch of a small life, but a darkness all the more profound because now love is jeopardized along with safety.

Who in their right mind would write such hard, hard stories? Who would READ them?

My answer to those questions: Anybody with a heart can fall in love with romance, because tenacity, ingenuity, determination, and resilience—all wheels turned by love and courage—will get the story, and our lives, up out of the impossible ditch. Life at the end of the book won’t be perfect, but it will be filled with love and self-acceptance, and those are the sources of all true joy.

Romance is not about happy people in Happy Land, but courageous people in We Love Each Other Land. What brass ring could possibly shine more joyously than that?

So I write for the joy, and hope you read for it too, because the joy is what matters.

Grace recommends:

Tessa Dare’s Castles Ever After series is built on the premise that each heroine inherits a castle, and a connection with, or complication involving, a hero to go with it. The next title in this series, “When A Scot Ties the Knot,”  has an August 25 publication date, and like the other books in the series makes excellent use of the castle as a metaphor. A castles can be stronghold against all of life’s vicissitudes and keep every enemy at bay, or it can be a prison of our own making, and a gloomy, confining legacy. That an entire series can be unified by a single, complicated symbol is one testament to Tessa Dare’s skill, but then there’s her gorgeous writing, her dear characters, and of course, some sizzle hot enough to melt even a castle’s stone walls. (I loved this book, too, and the series! ~Bobbi)


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

My day job had moved to Texas (literally), and I was left with an infant, a new mortgage (and thus no savings), and a new law practice. Paying the bills was getting dicey, anxiety was my new roommate, and the kid needed to eat. I got word that I’d won a contract to represent children in foster care proceedings—the best kind of lawyering there is—and relative to what I was making, the work paid well. I recall laying down on the banks of a river park in Frederick, MD, the sun’s heat at that perfectly benevolent temperature, and feeling so light I could have levitated with relief. I was one giant, “Thank you.” Never forgot that moment.

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

My writing chair! A friend gave it to me and set it up for me, and that means as much as how comfy it is.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

Birdsong at dawn. I live in the country, and sleep with windows and balcony doors open. I love the silvery, cool, happy morning carol of the song birds. There really is nothing to say but “Come on, Morning!” when the birds pipe you into the day.

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

Christopher Robin, who knew a lot about love, and the sheer joy of a day in nature with friends. 

Grace is generously giving away an iPad to a US reader, and three signed copies of “Tremaine’s True Love” to international readers.


2011-RWA-GraceBurrowes (2)After decades of reading romance voraciously, Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest. She kept on writing because it’s an antidote to practically every challenge life presents. She has Regency, Georgian, Scottish Victorian, contemporary, and Scottish contemporary titles to her name, and loves to hear from her readers.

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  • Grace, beautiful post! “Anybody with a heart can fall in love with romance, because tenacity, ingenuity, determination, and resilience—all wheels turned by love and courage—will get the story, and our lives, up out of the impossible ditch”: perfectly said! And thank you so much also for the international prize and for…Christopher Robin!! My new favourite Chris too! 😉

    • Grace Burrowes

      The whole cast from the Hundred Acre Wood… I was so fortunate as a kid because our yard backed up to a 100-acre wood, so Pooh and friends will always resonate with me.

      • Sarah Eisele

        the early favorites stay with us for the rest of our lives, I think. They hold a very special place in our hearts and minds. I think you make a great choice!

  • Marissa Yip-Young

    Nice ibterview

    • Grace Burrowes

      Thanks, Marissa. It was nice for me to think about why I do what I do. The deadlines pile up, the housework calls, the day job makes demands, and I forget who I am, Simba, sometimes. I write for the love, for the joy, and I think that’s what people read for, too.

  • mariannewestrich

    OMG – You picked the PERFECT Christopher! outstanding!

    • Grace Burrowes

      The whole emphasis on guys looking better than perfect makes me nervous. Women have borne that burden for centuries, and it hasn’t made us happy. Now we’re going to do that to the guys? What’s outside can catch the eye, but what’s inside of him is what catches the heart.

      • Laura Randall

        I always have to laugh when I read regencies where a man is wearing a corset and also pads his shoulders and calves. Obviously this is not the hero. 😉

      • mariannewestrich

        That’s partly why I love to read romance. You fall in love with the thoughts and words of a character before the appearance.

  • Mel K.

    This is a very nice post, Grace. I would enjoy “Tremaine’s True Love”.

    • Grace Burrowes

      Fingers crossed… no castles, but it does have fluffy lambs, and wiley sheep.

      • Mel K.

        I love ‘fluffy lambs and wiley sheep’!! Going to count some now….

  • Kimberly Green

    A lovely post. Thank you, Grace, for all the beautiful reads.

    • Grace Burrowes

      Thank you for reading them! Long before I was a writer–decades before I was a writer–I was a reader, and I still am.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    Hi Grace! Your post is beautifully written, just like your books! Thank you!

    • Grace Burrowes

      Michael Hague has the best grasp of the character arc of any writing coach I’ve seen–you grow from a life spent protecting your wounds, to a life lived from the heart, come what may. I don’t think he gets the relationship dynamic though–the relationship IS the main character because that’s where the love is.

  • Melissa Cowling Terry

    I enjoyed reading your post. I also really enjoy your books!

    • Grace Burrowes

      Thank you, but I’m guessing if I’ve done a really deft Big Black Moment, you might be reaching for the tissues in that scene. And yet, we muddle on, and then the sun some out.

  • girlygirlhoosier52

    Always a wonderful and entertaining read from Grace!

    • Grace Burrowes

      Thanks!!!

  • Sheryl N

    I love reading anything by Grace, I am reading Tremaine right now! Great post

    • Grace Burrowes

      Say hi to George for me. That guy surprised me–surprised himself too, I think.

      • Laura Randall

        Loved George!

  • Jennifer C

    I love the bird sounds in the morning, too! I am sitting on my porch now listening to the birds! Beautiful essay!

    • Grace Burrowes

      We’ve had those first few not-as-hot days that whisper of summer easing its grip, and the sheer quiet that descends when the fans are off is marvelous. Love that.

  • Sue Gorman

    My friends are so surprised when I tell them that I read romance novels. They assume that I read mysteries or biographies. I read romance for the HEA. Love the heroes and their heroines….but the path to the HEA and the happiness that ensues draws me in.
    Excellent post!

    • Grace Burrowes

      I get some funny looks from the bar association when they learn I write romance novels, and that I’m looking forward to the day when I trade the courtroom for full time writing. Different strokes, I guess.

  • Love Frederick! My Dad lived there for many years!

    • Grace Burrowes

      Very cool town. I lived there for a couple years, and occasionally took cases there. Much history, lots of fun, great restaurants, and pretty.

  • I also love the sounds of birds singing me into the morning. It brings back memories of waking on my grandparents’ farm as a child and those are very joyful memories! 🙂

    • Grace Burrowes

      If the birds are singing, no predators are walking. We’re all safe. If the birds are singing, even the mine shafts, there’s enough air. There’s a reason we depict angels with wings.

  • Patty Vasquez

    I live in Minnesota and I live for those first waning days of winter when I can hear the early morning songs of the birds. Much to my husband’s chagrin, I start to crack the window open (in spite of the temperature!) to listen to their herald of spring.

    • Grace Burrowes

      I love the frisky air with that bold, early spring sunshine. The leaves aren’t on the trees yet, so the dawn can find us more easily.

      • Patty Vasquez

        Beautiful words! Too often our frisky air comes with a windchill factor even in the springtime. But as long as we can hear the territorial call of the male cardinal, there is hope that the cold will give way to warmer days.

  • Kathy Nye

    I haven’t said “hi” in a while but I feel like I talk with you all the time as I read your posts and books (even if it is just in my head). Thanks for sharing yourself with us.

    • Grace Burrowes

      Have wondered how things are going, Kathy. Nice to “see” you!

  • cheryl c.

    Christopher Robin is a fun choice! It made me smile.

    • Grace Burrowes

      A good fellow, if you like beta heroes, and even if you don’t.

  • Cathy Heintz Plichta

    Grace is my favorite author, because her characters’ hearts touch my heart. Also, Grace is such a prolific writer, I never have to wait very long for the next book!

    • Grace Burrowes

      Thanks, Cathy, but next year you’ll see things slow down. Until now, I’ve been cleaning out my broom closet, so to speak, both writing new material and publishing books I’d finished before I was published. Axel, who should come out in December, is the last of the old guard. From there forward, it’s all new stories. Wheeee!

      • Cathy Heintz Plichta

        Well, I will just have to revisit old friends in your past books!

  • Ann L Dahl

    Just discovered Grace’s books this year. I am so enjoining them.

    • Grace Burrowes

      Welcome to the readership, Ann. I hope you’ve also discovered Joanna Bourne, who I think is one of the BEST Regency authors out there. Period, absolutely, no matter what.

      • Ann L Dahl

        I have read some of her books and she is excellent.

  • Krysten Mich

    Love all your books!! I just got my hands on Tremaine and can’t wait to finish reading it 🙂

    • Grace Burrowes

      No, NITA got her hands on Tremaine… and his on her.

      • Krysten Mich

        Haha, exactly! ❤

  • Karen Mikusak

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a great prize!

    • Grace Burrowes

      Best of luck–wish I could give everybody their heart’s desire.

  • Amber M

    Love your work!

    • Grace Burrowes

      Thanks, Amber. I love to write.

  • S. C. Mema

    I read a LOT of Jane Austen Fan Fiction, and about two years ago, I asked one of my favorite JAFF authors what she was reading outside of the genre. Her answer: Whatever Grace Burrowes is writing. And now that would be my answer to that question as well. I read your chapter previews for your new book and preordered it, impatiently waiting for the remainder of the story. I was not in the least disappointed. I love your stories, but more than that, I love your characters. All the best with this newest novel.

    Gayle Mills / S.C.Mema

    • Grace Burrowes

      Thanks, SC. I’d say that’s one of my quibbles with Jane. Does she love her characters, or is she intent on lecturing them through their character arcs? She was a vicar’s daughter, so didactic discourse would be in her blood, and her prose is exquisite. But did she love them?

      • S. C. Mema

        Well, for sure she didn’t love ALL of them, now did she? 🙂 I think she often lectures the reader through the characters. And it’s obvious she plays with us a little (or a lot). But she does encapsulate common human frailties with a pen stroke. Feeling your oats? Your future is before you: make appropriate adjustments like Darcy or remain an incurable ass like Sir Walter. Frivolously romantic? Choose your fate: learn from your indulgences like Marianne did or suffer life-long consequences like Lydia.

  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    lmao cause it took me a quick moment of what the heck actor is Christopher Robin…. then I realized you meant winnie the pooh….lol….good response!

    • Grace Burrowes

      I had to think for a while myself… I don’t own a TV, don’t get out much, so some of those actors… I might not recognize them.

  • Lisa Hutson

    Grace is a favorite story teller. Its something in her style of writing that generally gets me sunk in quickly. Sunk into the story and the characters.

    • Grace Burrowes

      Thanks, Lisa. I suspect it’s the characters pulling you in–they’re what grabs me first about each story.

  • Amy Livesay Hart

    Ha ha, Christopher Robin. I love it! I LOVE your books! I mostly know more of your historical romances though. Not a huge contemporary fan.

    • Grace Burrowes

      I wasn’t either, but I wanted a change of pace. I hadn’t anticipated the sheer relief of not having to look up “boggle” or “pokey,” or any other word, to make sure it was used.

  • Ren

    Grace’s books are the ones that got me hooked on historical romance. Thank you so much for opening that door.

    • Grace Burrowes

      Oh, you have so many treats awaiting–Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan, Joanna Bourne, Meredith Duran, Mary Balogh, Carolyn Jewel… many, many most excellent writers.

  • Sabrina Holman

    I love the blog. But I’m missing what I’ve taken to thinking of as the question of the week. I don’t know what to say; what to comment. I could gush about Grace but that would just be repeating what I’ve already said before. :0

    • Grace Burrowes

      Why do you read romance? You are BUSY and a half, you’re always nose down in papers to grade, lesson plans, admin work… and yet, you take time to read. That amazes me.

      • Sabrina Holman

        I can answer this question! Because it’s not heavy and when it is I know that it will all turn out okay in the end.

  • Anne Tjaden

    Ooh, such a brilliant discussion of the black moment and what it really means. Love, love, love your definition, as well as why it’s so crucial.

    • Grace Burrowes

      Gotta have it. And when a book doesn’t have one, or the author sends in the cavalry half a scene too soon, the reader has a vague sense of a missed punchline.

  • Dorothy Salvagin

    Anyone who knows me knows I love Grace Burrowes’ books. This essay is a testament to her writing prowess. Thanks Grace!

    • Grace Burrowes

      Thank you, Dot. Romance novels have been my best friend, from those interminable years of junior high, though college, law school, the early years of single parenting… all along the way, the HEA has helped me keep the old chinny up. I honestly don’t know how other people manage the tough years without them.

  • hammey 49

    I love reading Grace’s books!! One reason is she is from Maryland and so am I. It is great to be reading a fellow Maryland author!!! Another reason is she publishes so often. I don’t know how Grace writes so many books, e novels etc. I always look forward to reading anything new from Grace. I also like how Grace always writes about characters from her other novels. I was so impressed that in Grace’s new book Tremaine’s True Love that she brought back George the youngest brother of the Haddonfields and incorporated him into this novel with a happy ending for him!!!

    • Grace Burrowes

      Hammey, George honestly surprised me. I asked him over and over, “Is there where you really, truly want to end up?” He was sure, so that’s where the story went. I don’t know about that Adolphus guy though. He lurks up at Cambridge and mutters about in Latin.

      • Sarah Rosenbarker

        George’s story is one of my most favorite secondary storylines. It was a surprise but a very beautiful surprise. I too have been wondering about that missing Adolphus.

        • Sue Gorman

          I enjoyed George’s story, too. I was hoping he would find happiness his story exceeded my expectations. I appreciated Nicholas as the matchmaker…:)

  • Barbara E.

    Oh, this was a wonderful post that really made me think about how romance works. I love your stories Grace, you really know how to put together great ones. 😀

    • Grace Burrowes

      Thanks, Barbara. I hope romance works like life. Be the best person you can be, be kind, be honest, and your ever afters will mostly be happy. Maybe not rich, maybe not easy, but happy.

  • alisha woods

    I adore Grace’s books, they always make me smile

    • Grace Burrowes

      Now there’s a comment to frame and hang on the wall!

    • Sarah Eisele

      Me too!

  • Kim Barger

    I’ve never read one of your books before, I am now intriqued and looking forward to reading your books.

    • Grace Burrowes

      Kim, I write mostly Regency, a few Scottish Victorians, some contemporaries, and lately, some Scottish contemporary novellas. If you like a lot of steam and action, we might not click, but if character development is what grabs you, you might like my books.

      • Kim Barger

        Grace, you just cemented it; I’ve got to read your books. I’m not one for a lot of steam or action. And do prefer character development. I will certainly add your name to my list of authors/books that I want to read.

        • Definitely an author to discover Kim! What a joy to read Grace for the first time. xoxo

  • Kareni

    Thanks for a thoughtful post, Ms. Burrowes. I’ve enjoyed your historical novels and more recently your contemporary romances. Congratulations on landing on the 100 Swoonworthy Romance list!

    • Grace Burrowes

      Kareni, Thanks, and I was particularly gratified to see The Captive get that nod. We tend to think romance is fluffy, but in that series, I went about as unfluffy as you can get. Not the stuff of big awards, but the readers seem to get it. Smart folks, those readers.

  • Molly Moody

    As Grace knows, I’m one of her top fans as I’ve bought and read all of her books and will continue to do so as long as she continues to write.

    • Grace Burrowes

      Grace DOES know! Good to see you here, Molly, and good luck with the give aways!

  • Quinn Fforde

    That was a beautiful post. I may have misted up a bit reading it. And Christopher Robin is as brilliant choice!

    • Grace Burrowes

      I’m forever rejecting the forced choices and coming up with my own options. It’s a good habit to get into.

  • Debra Elise

    Grace, I’m printing and taping this blog above my computer for inspiration. Thank you! A

    • Grace Burrowes

      Romance is just the best, isn’t it?

  • LSUReader

    Thanks for another beautiful post, Grace. I’m waiting (impatiently) for your next releases! Love your books.

    • Grace Burrowes

      LSU! Thanks for stopping by, and I just sent Matthew to the proofreaders.

  • Molly

    Very beautiful post and I love your books.

    • Grace Burrowes

      Thanks Molly. I love writing them!

  • LaGina Keisha Hagerman Reese

    What a lovely post!

    • Grace Burrowes

      Thanks, LaGina. People talk about romance as if anybody can write a good one. I don’t think so, and I don’t think just anybody can appreciate what romance is all about, either.

  • Sarah Rosenbarker

    I love your choice of Christophers. There is a lot to be learned from a little boy and his best friend, bear buddy.

    • Grace Burrowes

      Every character in that cast has wisdom and challenges, which is an achievement to strive for as an author.

  • Aleen D

    I personally enjoy when a character has to face his or her demons. Otherwise it would not be realistic. There has to be something that they have to overcome. Your choice of Christopher Robin is great 🙂

    • Grace Burrowes

      We earn our happily ever afters, they don’t just drop into our laps.

  • Debbie Fuller

    WOW, I can see why you are a writer. It is so your calling. I’ve read several of your books and am looking forward to readig more. I didn’t start reading until later in life so I have a lot of catch-up reading to do. Thanks for the post and the insight.

  • Julie Ford

    I love your books. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

  • Carol Luciano

    Wonderful post Grace. Your books are amazing. I can’t wait to read Tremaine’s True Love. Thank you for such an amazing giveawawy.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  • Dawn Anderson

    I grew up with the Pooh books and there was no better friend than Christopher Robin, what a great choice.

  • Sue G.

    Nice post! Love the Christopher Robin answer! Very clever!

  • Sheila M

    Thank you for the beautiful explanation of the reason to read romances that are painful.

  • Glenda

    Such the rebel Grace, coming up with another Chris. 😉

    Great post. Some BBMs are blacker than others and take more to overcome, I think. The true love that is discovered or just validated is worth even more after that moment, I think.

    I’m going to move the Castles Ever After Series up on my TBR,

  • Chelsea B.

    Isn’t birdsong the best?! We have the backyard set up with baths and feeders, and it’s so, so lovely.

  • Erin F

    what an awesome post! I never thought of the BBM! But now that I think about it, my favorite romances have great BBMs and the romance isn’t just falling in love, it’s perservering and growth despite the BBM. I love a nice light romance, but my favorites couples have been singed a time or two 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  • Michele Hayes

    I love your books. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Kathryn Trask

    I love it when characters face challenges, are courageous and hope and love prevails. Love reading romance!

  • Peggy Wright

    I’m the problem solver, but I’ve always been a reader, probably encouraged the solving part.

  • Pamby50

    I never knew what BBM was either but I like your explanation. I like your choice of Christopher Robin. I do want my HEA at the end. You can take me through all the ups and downs but at the end I want them to find love and happiness.

  • Bekki Holzkamm

    Thank you for giving us a chance to win!

  • Glenda Hefty

    I enjoyed the interview…thanks for the giveaway!

  • Laura Wakeley

    Thank you for your insight and author’s point of view. Thank you for the lovely contest.

  • Jo Anne Potter Vincenti

    thanks for sharing – you are a new author to me – glad I found you!

  • Judy Grimes

    I love it when you write about your life experience with your writing. Thanks for so many hours of reading pleasure. I am her biggest fan.

  • Nita Gill

    I’m currently reading Tremaine’s True Love. It’s a lovely story. And it’s fun reading a story in which I share the same first name as the heroine.

  • Sandy Xiong

    My brain definitely went blank when I read the B-B-M. I do agree that anyone with a heart can love romance if they let it.

  • Diane Blaser

    I love Christopher Robin too and my favorite reading spot 3 seasons of the year is my screened in porch where I snuggle up and read while listening to the birds and my wind chimes singing in my yard!

  • Elizabeth ‘Liza’ Schroedle

    I am enjoying your Captive Hearts series. I am currently reading The Laird.

  • Alyn Yang

    I have never heard of BBM before. After reading your description, those are usually the parts that I cry or feel some other emotion strongly.

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    Thank you for your post. You are a wonderful story teller which I enjoy.

  • K Davis

    I’ve read all your books, including your contemporary romance, and loved all of them. I consider myself one of your biggest fans. 🙂 I know everyone says it, but more Windham books?

  • Marcy Shuler

    Thanks for the post, Grace. I also love Christopher Robin. 🙂

  • Bernadette Long

    I had never heard of the BBM, but I know now what to call that point in the story where all looks impossible!

  • catslady

    My favorite historical writer 🙂

  • Linda Henderson

    Since real life is full of joys and sorrows why shouldn’t a great love story have those also. I enjoy reading a story that makes me laugh and cry. Don’t get me wrong, I want my HEA, but I do enjoy a story that brings out the emotions and makes you feel good when the characters achieve their happy ending.

  • omahablack

    Chris Pine

  • Janie McGaugh

    What a wonderful – and eloquent – post! Grace, I always love reading what you write!

  • Melisa Safchinsky

    Love Tessa Dare books! Great Recommendations!

  • Range Girl

    Thank you for writing such an insightful post. And so many books I love.

    -Miranda

  • Betül

    Would love to see a photo of your writing chair!! <3

  • Carol Opalinski

    What a lovely post! Thank you, Grace.

  • Texas Book Lover

    Great post and great recommendation. Love both you and Tessa Dare!

  • Jerry Marlatt Pierson

    I love your books. Thank you for your giveaway and a chance to win.

  • May

    I love Tessa Dare’s castles series too. 🙂 It’s so funny that I laughed out loud…

  • kirsten west

    I enjoy reading Tessa Dare as well.

  • flchen1

    That is exactly it–romance is about the triumph of hope and love in characters’ lives, and reinforcing the belief that it will triumph in ours. Lovely post, Grace!

  • Rhi

    That is such an interesting viewpoint on the BBM It makes sense, now that you’ve pointed it out, but it’s not something I’ve really considered.

  • Amy Medeiros

    Love your books and Tessa Dare’s 🙂

  • Joan Varner

    Thank you for a lovely post and I like your Chris choice, too.

  • Just started When a Scot Ties the Knot and am loving it! Also a fan of yours Grace after reading Dancing in the Duke’s Arms!

  • Seanna Yeager

    Love the Christopher Robin choice. Always love to read a post by Grace.

  • marypreston

    Lovely to read through thank you.

  • Kim

    Very nice post. I would imagine working with foster care cases can be difficult, so it’s great that you fine it so rewarding.

  • Crystal

    I can handle the BBM as long as there is also a HEA 🙂

  • Kai W.

    I still remember when I first picked up second book you wrote. It got me hook ever since.

  • Beverly Ross

    I like Tremaine he is Grace burrowes favorites character of minr

  • rebecca moe

    Christopher Robin–I like it! 🙂

  • Mary McCoy

    I love Grace’s books, and am enjoying Tessa’s Castles series as well.

  • Sarah Eisele

    What a lovely post. Thank you for sharing just a peek into your personal world with us.

  • Wendi

    If you have not read Grace Burrowes stories, yet, go out and get one. You will not regret it. I have not thought of the “Big Black Moment” in that way before. It really does make or brake a book. Burrowes best books have the bleakest, blackest moment where your are thinking, how is he and she going to get out of this. With some twists and turns, and revelations, the story ends with the right ending.

  • Karin

    That was just great.

  • Tanya Guthrie

    “Romance is not about happy people in Happy Land, but courageous people in We Love Each Other Land.” Love this! It is so true!

  • Angela H

    I am going to have to check out When a Scot Ties a Knot that you recommeded. The title has me interested

  • Karen Hillis

    I read romance for the joy it brings me, too. Life is too short to put up with unhappiness when you’re reading for relaxation and enjoyment. That’s why I insist on the HEA and why I read romance and cozy mysteries. I picked up the first book of yours (The Traitor) because I recognized the Jon Paul cover, but enjoyed it so much, in spite of the heavy subject matter, that I have since read everything the library has. Unfortunately, they’re a little behind but I’m hoping they’ll catch up with you. I enjoy your historicals most but the contemporaries are good, too. Very glad to hear you will keep on writing!
    I know this isn’t what I originally meant to comment but I was annoyed because the instructions said I could comment with a Facebook login but then Disqus wanted a separate login so I didn’t follow through. I have obviously caved now, though I’m still unhappy with Disqus: DON’T say you can log in with Facebook but then require a Disqus account! Very user-unfriendly and misleading (not your fault, Grace, of course, but I cannot find a place to let them know so it goes here).

  • PhyllisC

    I love your stories! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Tanya Guthrie

    Love Grace’s work! Such beautifully written stories to get sucked into! Thanks for the great interview and the chance.

  • Joanna Moreno

    You’re absolutely right! My favorite romance stories have the muddiest, blackest B-B-Ms. I never noticed this before but it could be because just like you said the characters are the most relatable to real life. Thank you for this <3