Lori Wilde – The Sustaining Joy of Romance

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A Love Affair With Romance

My love affair with romance novels began when I was teenager, and my father worked for BeHomeForChristmasThe Fort Worth Star Telegram. Back in those days, all local newspapers had a book review section, and each week publishers would send their latest releases to newspapers for reviews.

Unhappily for the authors, but luckily for me, the Star Telegram reviewer refused to read romance novels, And he would leave a stack of books on the floor outside his office for anyone who wanted them.

My dad worked the 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift, and every Friday night, he’d swing by the reviewer’s office, pick up an armload of books, and bring them home to me.

Saturday mornings around our house was like Christmas for me. I’d get up at dawn to find a plethora of books spread across the kitchen table, excited to have reading material for the week. I’d grab some breakfast, head to my favorite tree on the farm for a day of blissful RulesOfGame mm c-2reading. 

At the time, gothic romances were the rage and I gobbled up Mary Stewart, Phyllis Whitney, Victoria Holt, Madeleine Brent, Anya Seton, and I even remember reading Anne Stewart’s first novel, Barrett’s Hill.

My father worked at The Star Telegram for five years, and in that time I accumulated over 2000 books.  When I went off to college, I sold the books to a used bookstore and pocketed five hundred dollars in cash. Oh, those were the days! When used bookstores paid 10% of the cover price for books you traded in.

I have to thank that reviewer for being too snooty to read romance. Because of him, I got one helluva education in how to write, and enjoyed countless hours of love, romance, and adventure. And oh yeah, made enough to pay for my first semester of college.

Those gothics sustained me like a hot fire on a cold night, and fueled my passion for BackInGame_RVSD_CVRstorytelling.  They laid the foundation for my career, and by continuing in the romance genre, I stand on the shoulders of the giants that came before me.

What an honor and privilege it’s been for me to spend my life reading, and writing romance.

Questions for the Author:

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

It would have to be the day I sold my first book. I’d been working so long and hard, that I was almost to the point where I feared it would never happen. It happened at 9:30 a.m. on January 18th, 1994, after eleven years of writing. Joyous, I celebrated by shooting off fireworks I’d saved from New Years’ Day at midnight, and accidentally caught a field on fire and had to call the volunteer fire department to put it out.

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

Maui! My husband and I got married there and I love the ocean, the sunsets, the smell of plumeria, the gorgeous colorful flowers, the waterfalls, the windy road to Hana. I love the people who smile so readily, and are so welcoming. I love the temperate climate and the beach and the volcanoes and…well shoot, I want to go book airfare.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

My favorite sound was my father as he wrote songs. He’d go around the house singing as he tried out lyrics. He eventually had a song produced that hit #26 on the country Billboard charts back in the 60’s.

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?

Lonesome Dove. It’s the quintessential story about Texas cattle drives, by one of Texas’ best writers—Larry McMurtry. I loved how long the book was, as the story swept me back to the rough and tumble west.

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)

Christopher Reeve as Superman. He was absolutely gorgeous. (Be sure to see the sweet Christopher Reeve story on Lorelei’s post. ~Bobbi)

Lori is generously giving away will give 5 ebook copies each of RULES OF THE GAME and BACK IN THE GAME to five readers, (giveaway open to international readers, provided winner can receive ebooks from Amazon US).

002loriwildeNew York Times and USA Today best selling author, Lori Wilde has sold seventy-eight works of fiction to four major New York Publishing houses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and a certificate in forensic nursing from Kaplan University. She is a member of the Internal Association of Forensic Nurses.

Her first NYT bestseller, the third book in her Twilight, Texas series, The First Love Cookie Club has been optioned for a television movie. The town of Granbury, Texas, upon which her fictional town of Twilight, Texas is loosely based, honors Lori with an annual Twilight, Texas weekend each Christmas season. twilighttexas.com

 A popular writing instructor, Lori is a two time RITA finalist and has four times been nominated for Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. She’s won the Colorado Award of Excellence, the Wisconsin Write Touch Award, The Golden Quill, the Lories, and The More than Magic. Her books have been translated into 26 languages and excerpted in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Complete Woman, and Quick and Simple magazines. She lives in Texas with her husband, Bill, and her New American Shepherds, Sassy and Cookie.

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