Katy Lee – Joyful, Loving & Trustworthy

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The Joy of Trusting in Love

Hello romance readers! I’m Katy Lee and I am so excited to Grave Dangerbe a part of Read-A-Romance Month! As an Inspirational Romance writer, I start every book with a Scripture that backs my themes up in some way. For my RITA nominated book, Grave Danger, I used Proverbs 31:10-12.

“Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?

She is more precious than rubies.

Her husband trusts her,

and she will greatly enrich his life.

She brings him good, not harm,

all the days of her life.”

Now, I don’t know about you, but I look at that passage and I see joy in this relationship. The way they both play a part in their marriage shows they are invested in each other to earn their joyful life. The husband gives his trust and the wife is empowered to enrich their lives together. This screams “Happily-Ever-After” for them, and as the reader peeking into their relationship, we feel joy right along with them.

I believe readers of romance novels return time and time again to this genre because the joy found in witnessing the characters’ love on the page is the same joy the reader longs to have in their own relationships. It is through the genre of romance that hope is given for this, and that is what makes readers excited to pick up their next book and start reading another couple’s journey, and then another and another.

In my book Grave Danger, my hero has to learn to give his Permanent Vacancytrust to the heroine, just as the husband in the Proverbs verse did. You see this a lot in novels. Trust is a huge issue for every relationship, real-life or on paper. But in my story I wanted to show the reason we give our trust to our partner. Yes, we want to honor them with this most precious gift that shows we love them, but what does this gift of trust do for the recipient? Well, just as we see from the wife in the Proverbs verse, it empowers them.

When someone gives us their trust, we tend to want to live up to it, but we also take joy in being the one who has received it and want to give back. However, when trust is withheld from one person to another, they both lose in the end. By my hero not giving his trust to the heroine, her hands would be useless to help him. But for her, her spirit could be broken by not having her man’s trust. There is no joy in either of those scenarios.

And a reader would find no joy in reading about them, either.

The reader knows that love is hard, they know the characters in the story will have some obstacles to hurdle before they can claim their Happily-Ever-After, but the reader also knows it is coming. That may not be the case in real life, but it is for a romance novel. The characters will overcome their obstacles and joy will be waiting for them in the end. The reader can count on it.

But the fun part of reading romance is that the joy found in the characters’ love doesn’t wait until the Happily-Ever-After. It is experienced right along in the story throughout the book—even when the characters look like they might maim one another. This is why I enjoy and write romance novels. It’s the little jokes the characters share with each other, or play on each other. It’s the sacrifices we see the characters make for one another, even when it hurts. But those sacrifices aren’t meant to keep the characters down. They’re meant to bring them to a higher standard of living and make them a better person, a better partner, and give the couple a stronger future. The grand gestures and pledges of love at the end of the story spread huge smiles on readers’ faces and have them sighing with contentment. These are the final promises to the reader that the characters really have earned their happiness. The reader can believe it, and they can also believe that maybe, just maybe, a love like this can happen for them, too.

Katy recommends:

Belle Calhounebellecalhoune.com ) writes Inspirational Romance.

PJ Sharon ( pjsharon.com ) writes YA Romance.

Questions for the Author:

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

One joy-filled night was when my husband and I traveled through Italy, but particularly one of the evenings in Venice after the cruise ships set sail. The locals came out and the whole atmosphere changed from crammed bustling to relaxed community. As we walked hand in hand, we saw a bread man hail a young boy and give him a bag to take home to his mom. We walked on and came to a movie being projected onto the side of a building in a small square. I didn’t understand a word the actors spoke, but it didn’t matter. It didn’t even matter that I had three roses because we got swindled by a vendor who tricked my husband into buying three flowers instead of one. I leaned back into my husband’s arms and became part of Venice for one blissful night.

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

Storyland in New Hampshire. As a child, the White Mountains was where we vacationed every year. I always smile when I think of that place. The whole area is beautiful. I’m excited to write my next series which takes place there.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

My daughter practicing her piano in the house. There is just something special about live, classical music playing constantly around me. The whole home’s atmosphere is at peace when she is playing.

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?

Phantom Waltz by Catherine Anderson will forever be my “bedside” book. Bethany and Ryan are a part of me forever. Here’s the back cover blurb:

“A long-ago accident has left lovely Bethany Coulter confined to a wheelchair-and vulnerable to betrayal and heartbreak. She’s vowed never to open her heart to a man again. But there’s something about Ryan McKendrick, the handsome rancher who’s so sweetly courting her. Something that makes her believe she can overcome every obstacle-and rediscover lifelong, lasting love…”

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)

Chris Pratt. I love when he danced in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Katy is generously giving away three copies of her latest release, “Permanent Vacancy,” to U.S. readers.

P6-cdf42_squareRita nominated, Katy Lee is the author of five published novels. She likes to say she writes higher purpose stories at high speed because her suspenseful romances thrill, inspire, and satisfy the reader—from the edge of their seat. A native New Englander, Katy loves to knit warm wooly things. She enjoys traveling the side-roads and exploring the locals’ hideaways. A homeschooling mom of three competitive swimmers, Katy often writes from the stands while cheering them on. Her Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense, Grave Danger, is both a RITA and Daphne Du Maurier finalist.

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  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    lol on the daughter practicing her piano…mom had all of us (3 that did instruments) practicing Flute, Clarinet , bass Clarinet and Piano .. we probably drove her to drink….I was the only one who stayed with it through school…. but honestly it was the cute guy in band that made me stay with it…lol

    • Katy Lee

      That does “sound” intense. 🙂

  • Jennifer C

    Beautiful essay, Katy! Your story about Venice took me right there. 🙂

    • Katy Lee

      Thank you, Jennifer. I smile every time I think of that night. Just perfect.

  • Great interview!

    • Katy Lee

      Thanks, Lynn. So glad you enjoyed it.

  • Paula Robinson

    Hi Katy, I recently read Permanent Vacancy, and it is wonderful. I do sense the love the characters have for each other, and I love how you tie in the scripture at the beginning.

    You so need to write a scene like the one you experienced in Venice one day.

    Peace and love,
    Paula R.

    • Katy Lee

      Maybe I will Paula! Maybe I will….

  • Thank you very much for your words: “It’s the little jokes the characters share with each other, or play on each other. It’s the sacrifices we see the characters make for one another, even when it hurts. But those sacrifices aren’t meant to keep the characters down. They’re meant to bring them to a higher standard of living and make them a better person, a better partner, and give the couple a stronger future”. This really captures the essence of the joy of romance for me!

    • Katy Lee

      Me too! Romances change lives for the better. They help us figure out our humanness. 🙂

  • cheryl c.

    I think it is wonderful that you begin each book with a scripture that applies to the story just like we do in our real life situations.

    • Katy Lee

      Thank you, Cheryl, for saying this. God’s Word will always help us see clearly.

  • jcp smith

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    • Katy Lee

      You are so welcome!

  • Karen Mikusak

    Loved your interview!

    • Katy Lee

      Thank, Karen, for stopping by and reading it! 🙂

  • Christyna

    I read “Phantom Waltz” by Anderson a few years ago and LOVED it! I agree, definitely a keeper!

    • Katy Lee

      Yay! Another CA fan! <3

  • pjsharon

    Wonderful post, Katy Lee! Thanks for recommending me to readers!

    • Katy Lee

      They’re worth recommending.

  • Dorothy Salvagin

    You are new to me. Looking forward to reading your books.

    • Katy Lee

      Awesome, Dorothy! Enjoy!

  • Such a great post it made me smile.

    • Katy Lee

      Success! 🙂

  • Carol Luciano

    Thank you for your post. Your book recommendation by Catherine Anderson sounds like a great read.Thanks for the giveaway chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

    • Katy Lee

      You will love Catherine’s books.

  • mariannewestrich

    What a great post! The scripture that brings me joy is Psalms 37:23-24. There’s no greater joy than the relationship with the One who will lift you up when you stumble.

    • Katy Lee

      There is no greater joy. I agree! When the world is tearing you down, you can fall back into God’s arms, because He will always be there.

  • Pamby50

    New author for me. That is the joy of RARM. Getting to meet new authors. Looking forward to reading Grave Danger.

    • Katy Lee

      Wonderful joy, for sure!

  • Linda Henderson

    I enjoy romantic suspense so I’d love to read your books. I’ll put them on my list.

    • Katy Lee

      Thanks, Linda!

  • Great post! Looking forward to reading Grave Danger!

    • Katy Lee

      Thank you, Deeanne! Lovely seeing you in NYC!

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    Thank you for your post I really enjoyed it.

    • Katy Lee

      You are so welcome. Glad to hear.

  • Melody Gonser

    Trust is important in life as it is in the building blocks of a story line. I am looking forward to reading “Grave Danger”. Romance books offer me a chance to feel right along with the characters in the story. Writers are able to weave a story together and it isn’t all about sex. The good writers involve love, growth, pain, second chances and accountability. I can relate to things happening and get different perspectives on a variety of topics. I don’t always like what is happening but I certainly can feel. Thank you

    • Katy Lee

      I am right there with you on reading books that give me different perspectives on a variety of topics. When I close a book that has inspired me to make a little change in my life or perspective because I have seen the benefit in the book, I know I have read a good book.

  • Sheila M

    Thanks for your book recommendations.

    • Katy Lee

      Enjoy them. 🙂

  • Deana Dick

    I love reading intrigue with a touch of mystery. Thanks for sharing about the Proverbs woman. We do need to trust our spouse and in doing that . We trust God.

    • Katy Lee

      Yes, Deana. So well said. And God wants both partners taking that plunge to rely on Him. When both trust in Him, trusting in each other comes easier.

  • Kai W.

    I love reading Harlequin’s Inspired series. That is how I discover you.

    • Katy Lee

      That’s great, Kai! Thank you for reading the Love Inspired series books. We love our readers!

  • kirsten west

    Enjoyed your interview and views on trust and how it relates to joy. I had not really thought about that aspect of joy before.

  • Angela H

    I am sure you are proud of your daughter and her piano playing – it is always enjoyable to hear our kids do something so great