Kerrelyn Sparks – Celebrating the Journey

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The Joy of an Intriguing Journey

Reading romance is an act of joy.marry vampire mm

For one thing, it’s a joyous occasion when you can set all your work and responsibilities aside and take the time to dive into a new book.  And with a romance book, you know the joy will last because you’re guaranteed a happy ending!

One of my favorite hobbies is travel.  I love seeing historic sights and beautiful natural settings.  And I love experiencing different cultures.  But who can afford to travel all the time?  The remedy for that– books!!  You can even travel through time!  Romance books have allowed me to experience different places, customs, and time periods.  My imagination has been fed and encouraged to blossom, and that, in turn, has inspired me to pen my own stories.

What else brings me joy in a romance book?  Strong, honorable heroes and CrouchingTiger mm cheroines.  I love a hero who respects and admires a woman for having the same mental strength and determination that he has.  Who doesn’t love a sexy, smart, strong hero?  And I adore the heroines who stand up to them, take charge of their life, and make their own choices.   

Romances, in general, give us honorable characters with enough integrity to face their challenges and enough courage to fight the odds.  In turn, they inspire us to respect ourselves and never give up.  For dreams do come true.  I know that every time I see my name on a book cover.

I love the process of falling in love.  What other human experience compares to the exhilaration and exasperation of finding your true mate?  Whom we choose to marry is one of our most important decisions, and we all want a happy ending.  Some complain that because of the happy ending, romances are all alike!  But the end product is not the full story.  It’s the journey that is so intriguing.  It’s the process that starts with a secretive glance and hesitant first touch, the tiny steps that lead to total trust, intimacy, and the commitment to grow old together—this is the journey that romance celebrates.  And it never fails to give me joy!


Questions for the Author:

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

Back in the year 2000 (yikes! 15 years ago?) I received what writers refer to as The Call.  That’s when an editor from a publishing house calls you and says they want to buy your book. Often it will come as a bit of a surprise since the publishing house may have had your manuscript for months.  And while those months creep by, you start to console yourself.  What’s one more rejection?  You have another book started, and maybe it will be the one to sell.  And then BAM!  The Call!!

I was in the kitchen folding laundry when the phone rang.  I don’t remember what I said on the phone. I was so stunned that I probably babbled like an idiot.  Even after I hung up, I stared at the laundry for a while before it really sank in.

Then I squealed and danced around the family room. Squealed some more.  By now, my son had wandered into the family room to see why his mother was behaving so strangely.

“I sold a book!”  I told him and squealed some more.

He watched me for a bit, then asked, “Does this mean you’re not cooking supper?”

Too full with joy, I could only laugh. (And yes, I still cook supper).

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

One of my favorite memories as a child was the week out of every summer that I spent with my grandmother.  She was a church librarian, and since she needed to get some work done during the week, I would go with her.  There were no customers on weekdays.  It was just me, my grandmother, and a library filled with books.  Heaven!

Now, years later, whenever I go into a library, I remember my grandmother’s love and how she taught me to revere books, and I’m filled with joy. 

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

Back to my grandmother (can you tell how much I loved her?), she used to give me what she called Eskimo kisses, where you rub your noses together.  My son (the one who was worried about his supper) is now grown and married and they have a three-month-old son.  Now that I’m the grandmother, I had to pass on the tradition of the Eskimo kiss.  So I rubbed noses with the baby and he laughed out loud.  And my heart nearly burst with joy!  It was the first time I’d heard him laugh.  Does anything sound more beautiful than the laughter of a small child?

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?

A Rose in Winter by Kathleen Woodiwiss.  Now, I love a lot of romance books, but this one hit that special chord.  It’s the one that brought me the most joy, the one I always remember, and the one that inspired me the most to write.  If I had to analyze why, other than the fabulous writing, characters, and story, I would say it was the theme of Beauty and the Beast. That’s romance at its best for me.  And it’s a theme I have repeated over and over with my Love at Stake books.  I can never grow tired of it.  It always brings me joy.

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’m going with Christopher Plummer!  I would love to be like Maria and ask him how to whistle to call him to attention.  Or dance a folk dance with him in the garden. Or kiss in the glass summerhouse.  I loved that movie!!

Kerrelyn is generously giving away one signed copy of “How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire” and one signed copy of “Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire” to one US reader and one international reader. Entries below.

Kerrelyn Sparks #2Kerrelyn Sparks is the bestselling author of the Love at Stake series, which has hit has high as #5 on the New York Times list and #22 on the USA Today list.  The Love at Stake series was used as a question on the television game show, Jeopardy!  Her paranormal and historical romances are published by Avon Books.  For more information, please visit her on Facebook or her website at kerrelynsparks.com.

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