Lorraine Heath – Surrounded by Romance and Joy

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I love the theme of this year’s RARM: the joy of romance. DLINR-lowresJoy is such a wonderful word that lights me up, makes me smile, and … well … brings me joy. Plus my New Year’s resolution was to make 2015 a year of joy and to surround myself with the special people, activities, and items that cause me to swell with joy.

Romance novels fill me with joy. Big time. All the time.

I write romance because it brings me satisfaction to weave stories about characters who triumph over adversity and obstacles to find love. Certainly there are moments when I question my sanity thinking that I can tell a particular story, hours when the right words don’t come or the conflict strays or the challenge of getting from point A to point B in the plot seems overwhelming. But when all is said and done, when everything finally comes together, I feel as triumphant as my characters.

I read romance because it brings me joy to share the journey of couples discovering the power of love. I’m drawn into their struggles, witness their missteps, and root for them when they accomplish their goals. For me, though, the most appealing aspect to a romance novel is that it always gives me a happy ending. What could be more joyful?4101429

Earlier in the year, as part of my goal of surrounding myself with what brings me joy, I cleared some space on my bookshelves. Then I went into my closet and pulled out my box of keepers, the books that I love so much, I wanted to ensure that I never accidentally gave them away. I thought of all the joy they had brought me, all the hours of reading pleasure, all the laughter, tears, and sigh-worthy moments. And yet I had exiled them.

With affection, I removed them from the box and placed them on the empty shelf, a place of honor for those stories that touched me so deeply they became a part of me. Now when I look up from my computer, I can see them neatly lined up, providing inspiration and reminding me how much romance novels influenced my life. These were the books that drew me into reading romance, the books that spurred me to begin writing romance, or provided motivation to continue writing and reading romance.

Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer, Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught, Wild at Heart by Patricia Gaffney, Honest Illusions by Nora Roberts, Paint the Wind by Cathy Cash Spellman, Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase—to name a few. I keep them close because they brought me the most joy. Simply looking at them rekindles the memories of that long-ago joy. Although there are times when I walk by the shelf, take one of the books in hand, randomly turn to a page, and take a moment to once again experience the pleasure these words first brought me.

When I’m not writing or visiting with my keepers, I’m reading first-time-for-me books, discovering new authors, new characters, new keepers. Romance novels. They are part of my life because of the joy they bring me. This year I thoroughly enjoyed Kathleen Baldwin’s A School for Unusual Girls and Allie Burton’s Atlantis Riptide. Both these books are classified as young adult but they appeal to any age group.

Questions for the Author:

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

I experienced sheer joy at the RT conference this year when I headed to the elevators to go down to the awards ceremony and discovered Sandra Brown standing there waiting for the elevator. I had, what I hope, was a somewhat dignified fangirl moment as I gushed about how much I enjoyed her books. She was so gracious.

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

Corrydon Lodge in Perth Scotland. I spent a week there last year with Cathy Maxwell and seven other writers. While we went sightseeing during the day, the evenings were spent sharing wine, sampling cheese, and talking writing. It was a truly magical time.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.Heath-musicbox

The music of a carousel brings me joy. I love carousels and just hearing the music reminds me of the joy of riding on a wooden horse, going up and down, and pretending it was a real horse when I was a child. To this day, I seldom pass a carousel without taking a ride on it. My husband has surprised me with a trip to a carousel museum, a ride on the carousel in Central Park, and carousel music boxes.

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?

I Have My Duke to Keep Me Warm by Kelly Bowen. I finished it last night, actually, and absolutely adored it. It left me smiling, filled with joy, and so glad that someone had recommended it to me.

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, which astounds me because I thought he was such a loveable dufus on Parks and Rec but I had no idea he had the abs—I mean the chops—to handle a leading role in the movies. As my husband says, “Guess that’s why they call it acting.” I’ve enjoyed everything that CP has appeared in.

Lorraine is generously giving away 5 copies of THE DUKE & THE LADY IN RED to US readers.



Lorraine Heath always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals and computer code, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she became not only hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since.

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