Kate Meader – The Joy of The Moment

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Romance—The Moment It Clicks

Much maligned, equally beloved, trashy beach reads, source of joy and tears—romance isMelting-626x1024 so many things to so many people, but to the regular romance reader like you and me, it is the thing that conjures a flutter in our stomachs and a hitch in our hearts. Reading romance is a salve. It keeps us up all night and makes us bleary eyed at work the next morning. Romance is our touchstone when we need an escape from the kids or chores or the crappy day that started off with a coffee spill and a late train. There are sunbursts of joy everywhere we look, but nowhere are they more evident than in the happy-ever-after of two people finding in each other that one perfect person who fills the gaps. As readers, we crave that joy because it equals love, and nothing is worth celebrating more than love.

Writing romance, on the other hand, can seem like the least joyous thing in the world. It’s 2 a.m. on the day of a deadline and you still don’t know who your characters are. They are moving around in rooms and bantering up a storm and having amazing sex, but basically… well, it sucks. Big time. There’s no chemistry, no spark, no joy. Authors gouge hair and gnash teeth and make bargains with the gods if only they will give us a sign that this turd can be polished into gold. In these moments, there’s not a lot of love, Meader Even the Scoreromance, and certainly no joy.

And then it happens: something clicks—a line of dialogue, a scenario that challenges you to look at your characters differently, a moment of clarity that changes your story from work to pleasure. “I’d do this for free”, you say (it’s two in the morning and you made a deal with the gods, remember?). You recall why you love romance in the first place—not just because it gives you the good feels, but because when you’re writing it and it clicks, you’ve translated your joy to the page. Giving that little part of yourself is just another way to spread the love.

So when you get to that moment in a romance—you know the one, where that squadron of butterflies in your stomach take a dive bomb or your pulse rate shoots into the stratosphere or you just think, “yeah, that’s what I’m talking about”—know that you’re sharing that experience with the author and a bunch of fellow readers. Joy is contagious; let’s make romance just as infectious.

Kate recommends:

I usually write m/f contemporary romance, but my next release is an m/m novella in the Hot in Chicago series called MELTING POINT. So for recommendations, and because this has been a momentous year for love regardless of who you are, I’d like to give a shout out to a couple of favorites who write LGBQT romance: the author who turned me on to m/m romance KA Mitchell, who writes crazy, funny, flawed characters I love, and a recently new-to-me author, fellow Chicagoan, Amy Jo Cousins. Her Bend or Break series is incredible.


Questions for the Author:

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

The day I signed with my agent. A lot of authors might say it’s the day they signed their first book deal (that happened a few weeks later), but the moment Nicole Resciniti told me she wanted to work with me was life-changing. Up until that point, I had no idea if I had the chops to be an author, and learning that someone in the industry thought I was good enough to take a chance on was such a relief—and a total joy.

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.wedding2

Italy: where I got engaged and married (in a tenth century castle!). Read my own fairy tale story here

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

I’m supposed to say the sound of children laughing, aren’t I? But for me, it’s that first sizzle when a steak lands on the grill. One, it means there’s a fabulous, home-cooked meal in my future. Two, someone else is cooking it (Mr. M. is the resident grillmeister). Three, it tells me life is good. Pure joy right there.

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

There are so many recent books, but the one that has had the most impact on me is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. That book blew me away. It’s about faith, forgiveness, and how heroes are forged. I cried when I first read it and laugh more when I re-read it each year.

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)

I was tempted to say Christopher Plummer, not as Capt. Von Trapp, but as Klingon General Chang in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, but I’ll be sane and say Chris Hemsworth. He’s the model for my firefighter hero, Gage “Baby Thor” Simpson in my upcoming m/m novella, MELTING POINT, releasing August 31.

Kate is generously offering a set of signed print books including: all three books from the Hot in the Kitchen series about sexy chefs, and the two print books so far in the Hot in Chicago series about smokin’ firefighters—so 5 books from my backlist. Domestic only, apologies to international friends.


Kate Meader 2Originally from Ireland, Kate cut her romance reader teeth on Maeve Binchy and Jilly Cooper novels, with some Mills & Boon thrown in for variety. Give her tales about brooding mill owners, oversexed equestrians, and men who can rock an apron or a fire hose, and she’s there. Now based in Chicago, she writes sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes and strong heroines who can match their men quip for quip.

Find Kate online at katemeader.com.

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