Terri Brisbin – Love and the Romance Community

August is Read-A-Romance Month.


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The Joy of the Romance Community

There are so many facets of the joy of romance and romance novels, but I think the one 9780451469106that is important to me is about the community that reading romances creates. A community of not only romance readers but also of romance writers and one of instant connections, shared experiences and, sometimes, long time friendships.

When I first began reading romances, I was a very pregnant, first time mom-to-be and I discovered one of Julie Garwood’s historicals. After inhaling it, I went searching at a local bookstore for more and met my first romance buddy – Judy.  She would put books aside for me and we chatted and met for lunch. It was such a thrill to talk to someone who understood my love for these stories. Judy introduced me to more authors, more books and Romantic Times, both the magazine and the convention.

Wow – my first convention introduced me to. . . my people! They knew characters by their first names, plots and covers by memory and, better yet, they knew authors, too. I was in heaven – talking about my favorite books and always looking for more. It was sheer bliss. Everyone would get so involved in talking about romance novels that it sounded as though they were talking about ‘real’ people!

It was at one of the RT conventions that the writing bug took hold of me. Well, I’d written many things in my life—poetry and short stories in high school, technical articles and journal editing in my dental hygiene career—but this was the need and want to write a romance and to share the joy of creating stories readers would love.

That led me to the romance writing community. Again, these were my people! They shared, joyfully, their expertise at writing and crafting stories, their love of romances, their knowledge of the market and publishing with me. Although I’ve met a writer or two who is down (due to rejection or real life), I’ve never met a writer who is not lifted up by the joy of sharing their words or plots or stories with someone else who understands romance.

I came full circle when my books were published and now I get to share my stories with Readers Mo and Trish with Terri-1998readers who understand the joy of reading about characters who face challenges and seek love. I get to talk with those people who are just like I was – enraptured by the story and characters and even covers and who can quote plots and scenes by heart!

Now it’s my turn to experience the joy of having readers read, inhale, consume, discuss and remember my stories – and nothing is more joyful than listening to that! Or attending events and answering questions. Or having readers remember characters’ names when I don’t!  But the best part is meeting readers who become friends.

So, when I think of the joy of romance I think of the connections and the community. And joy shared is joy multiplied…. And considering the number of romances I’ve read and the 35 I’ve written so far, that’s a lot of joy!

Terri recommends:

I have enjoyed Bec McMaster’s ( www.becmcmaster.com )  different take on historical, steampunk, paranormal romances in her London Steampunk series and I highly recommend her books.

Margaret McPhee’s ( www.margaretmcphee.com ) emotional romances from Harlequin Historicals pull me in and have me holding my breath over how things could possibly work out. If you like heroes who are a bit tarnished, she’s the author for you!

And when I want to read something hot-hot-HAWT, I turn to Cara Carnes (www.caracarnes.com ) and her erotic tales. Have a fan and something cold to drink when you pick up one of her books!

Questions for the Author:

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

I would have to say the moment when an editor called me with an offer to publish my first book in 1997. That moment of sheer joy was then tempered by the reality that I was in a hospital bed in my living room recovering from a fractured back! I tried to speak calmly and ask questions but finally said I needed to call the editor back—I hung up the phone and began screaming….so much and so loud that I scared the physical therapist who had just arrived for a visit! It took a while to calm down enough to complete the discussion and agree to the offer…LOL!

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

That’s easy. Scotland. I feel as though I am returning home to a place I belong. And leaving brings me to tears. I love just being there, breathing the air, visiting the wild places in the highlands and on the islands. Pure, unadulterated joy.

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

Music brings me joy – especially music that reminds me of my children as they grew up. I love the Sesame Street Christmas soundtrack. I love Muppets’ songs. I love Pearl Jam because my boys did (and do).  I also love Celtic music that inspires me to write. So, music brings me joy.

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’ve just re-read for the umpteenth time Penelope Williamson’s KEEPER OF THE DREAM. It is such a wonderful story and romance, I love to read it over and over again. It grabs me on an emotional level and I love the history, too.

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 think this is most difficult question! Haha! Can I give you my top three instead? Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt and Chris Pine. All fine young men… and I think I would have a blast with Chris Pratt.

Terri is generously giving away two print copies of a backlist book of a winners’ choice (based on availability) to US readers, and one copy to international readers.

TerriBrisbin-photoAward-winning, USA Today best-selling author Terri Brisbin is a wife, a mom, a grandmom and a dental hygienist. She’s sold more than 1.8 million copies of her historical and paranormal romance novels and novellas in more than 25 countries and 20 languages around the world. Terri’s current and upcoming historical and paranormal/fantasy romances will be published by Harlequin Historicals and NAL/Berkley through 2016. Terri has also re-released her earlier works. Visit www.terribrisbin.com for more info about Terri, her works and upcoming events. Visit her on FB at www.facebook.com/terribrisbin

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