Kelly Moran – The Endless Joy of Romance

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Love, The Ultimate Joy

Ah, the joy of romance. Love this theme! From the first timeall of me I picked up a romance book I knew it was for me and knew I wanted to write them. There is always a happy ending and there is no greater joy than getting there. I was one of those kids who didn’t want to be just one thing when I grew up, I wanted to be everything! It wasn’t until a teacher pointed out that I was plotting in my head and creating stories that I realized I could be anything I wanted. On paper. Perfect! I could have all those fabulous occupations and still have…romance.

The romance genre has taken on so many new trends and sub-genres through the years, but has remained true to itself and the story–two people overcoming the odds, falling in love, and getting an ever-after. In a world sometimes filled with war, hate, poverty and injustice, romance is the ultimate escape. It can make a demon the hero, take us to nineteenth century England, give vampires a heartbeat, let us feel the sting of a flogger, show the human vulnerabilities of shifters, catch the bad guy wielding a gun, can reunite lost loves, weave magic spells, offer second chances, create worlds, give us a real life prince, and allow us to peek under a Highlander’s kilt. Romance can do anything, be anything. What greater joy is there than that, combined with the heart-pounding, blush inducing aspect of love?

Tropes are a big part of romance. Second-chances, enemies-to-lovereturntomers, wrong-side-of-the-tracks, bad boy/good girl, friends-to-lovers, arranged marriage, on the run, pregnancy oops…The storylines are endless. As for me, I’m not particular on what romance sub-genre or trope I pick up to read, but I lean toward contemporaries or paranormals and adore friends-to-lovers. You’ll notice that in my books, too. Not sure why, but I guess I like the underdog or the pining aspect of friends falling for each other.

Alas, no matter what your preferences, who your favorite author is, or what theme grabs you, love is joy. Love is the ultimate joy. Perhaps that is why romance has been the number one selling fiction genre for too many years to count. Because love cures, it hopes, it comforts, it breaks, it bleeds, it sacrifices, and is the only thing that can be truly given freely.

Kelly recommends:

I happen to have the best critique partners in the world. They help me be the best author I can, but in honesty, I bow down to their superb writing styles.

~Mackenzie Crowne writes mostly contemporary but occasionally writes suspense. I swear, if you don’t fall in love with her quirky humor or her characters, something’s wrong. Her latest book is To Win Her Love.

~AJ Nuest writes fantasy, contemporary, and sometimes suspense. Her humor is seamless and her worlds timeless. I get lost in her books. Her latest release is her Key Legacy series.

~I also have so many go-to authors (Carly Phillips, Sharon Sala, Kristan Higgins, Carla Neggers, & Roxanne St. Claire–to name a few), but I’ve recently discovered some great newbies for me, such as: Alice Clayton, Katy Evans, Kim Karr, and Colleen Hoover who are making great names for themselves and doing it because they have superb, unique voices. Look out for these authors if you haven’t discovered them already!


Questions for the Author:

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

Besides having my three sons, the most memorable “sheer joy” moment that comes to mind is when my agent got “the call.” I started my writing career Indie (before it was popular), worked up to small press, and then got an agent. From there I moved on to Big 6, and the moment we got a mass market contract offer (for my Covington Cove series) I about died. I think I’m still in shock and book one is out! LOL. There’s just no way to legitimately explain the satisfaction and glee I felt after working so hard, getting rejection after rejection, and never thinking I’d get anywhere. Best feeling!

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

I grew up and reside in Wisconsin, but a good portion of my (step) family is scattered throughout the Carolinas. Whenever we visit, a peace settles over me. It’s very freeing. I love spending time with my family and the area is so beautiful. I still remember my first time seeing the ocean and thinking, “I never want to leave.”

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

There’s just something about hearing my kids laugh that gets me right in the belly. Love that sound. I’m big into music (my playlist is huge), and have a soundtrack for every book. I find it helps me stay focused while writing, but also inspires. As for an actual sound? I think the crush of waves on the shore is my ultimate favorite. A cross between white noise and a lull, it’s rhythmic and soothing and never ending.

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?

Ack. These questions are unfair. I think every book I read brings me joy and stays with me. The ones that stand out are Nora Roberts’ Sanctuary and Ciji Ware’s A Cottage by the Sea. Roberts’ book was one of the first romances that made me think, “I’m going to write books for a living,” and I loved the island setting, the little bit of suspense, and that there was more than one love story. Ware’s book took a blend of past and present, adding in a splash of haunting and mystery, to create a timeless, poetic romance.

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)

Pine. All the way, baby. Pine. Those eyes? That humor? He’s mine. MINE!

Kelly is generously giving away an e-copy of all 3 Phantoms books (Ghost of a Promise, Give Up the Ghost, and Ghost of You) to one international reader, and a paperback of both Covington Cove books (Return to Me, All of Me) to one U.S. reader.

Kelly Moran headshotKelly Moran is a romance author of enchanting ever-afters. No one who knows her bats an eyelash when she talks to herself. She is a Catherine Award-Winner, Readers Choice Finalist, and a Finalist in RWA’s 2014 Award of Excellence. She earned one of the 10 Best Reads by USA TODAY’s HEA. Kelly’s interests include: sappy movies, MLB, NFL, driving others insane, and sleeping when she can. She is a closet caffeine junkie and chocoholic, but don’t tell anyone. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband, three sons, and her black lab. Most of her family lives in the Carolinas, so she spends a lot of time there as well. Visit her…

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