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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