Sugar Jamison – Romance, My Go-To Genre

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Romance, The Meaningful Pick-Me-Up

There was a time in my life that I would have never publicly admitted to loving romance novels, much less admit that I wrote them. But the romance genre and me have a long curvy girl cadethistory that began was I was sixteen and bored at work. There were a shelf of paperback novels in the back of the gift shop I worked in. I’m pretty sure the newest James Patterson and Sue Grafton novels were displayed, but I by passed those big named bestselling authors, my hand instead reaching for a romance novel with a pretty blue and white cover. It was written by an author I had never heard of. That book was The Summer House, by Jude Deveraux. And after that I was all in. She was the first author who I binge read, happily shelling out the eight bucks a paperback. I was hooked on romance and I haven’t looked back since.

At this point in my life. I won’t even venture to guess how many I have read. But I do know that when I moved to a different state last year, I gave over two hundred books away. It was hard for me to do, almost painful because as I looked at each book I was momentarily transported back to when I had read it. Blue Skies, by Catherine Andersen, when I was in my early twenties and on a weekend getaway with my mother. This Heart of Mine, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, my senior year of high school as I recovered from a cold. Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt on a sandy beach in Maine in my twenties. It’s odd to remember where you were when you read a book. But it’s like when you hear an old song on the radio and it takes you back to a certain summer, or brings back a memory that was long forgotten. That’s how strong bad boy ceomy relationship with those books were.

I’m not really sure why romance is my go to genre when I’m looking for a something to read. I can easily get lost in an epic fantasy or be deeply affected by beautiful literary fiction, but every time I go into a bookstore I make a beeline for the romance section. It could be all the beautifully done covers, or the fact that on those shelves are books predominately written by women for women, but I think I return to romance again and again because it brings me joy. It truly is an escape.

I’m a pretty tough cookie. I grew up with four brothers who didn’t have time for my sensitivity. I am realist. I’m outspoken. I’m unromantic. People who know me would never describe me as a head-in-the-clouds daydreamer. But the truth is, I’m the type of girl who needs a happy ending. There are so many painful things that go on in the world, so many news stories that make my stomach sick and my heart sore, that I need romance to counteract that. I need to be transported to a place where men are heroic and valiant and women will do anything for the ones they love. I need to read about love and meaningful human relationships. It’s my instant mood lifter, my pick me up. For me romance novels equals good memories and warm feelings and I will be a huge supporter of them for as long as I live.

Sugar recommends:

Regina Kyle ( reginakyle.com ) writes sexy category romance with heart.

Jamie Beck ( jamiebeck.com ) writes beautiful, thoughtful romance that borders on women’s fiction. Check them both out. (Read Jamie’s RARM post here.)


Questions for the Author:

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

It might sound silly, but every day little things bring me sheer joy. I once got a pair of jeans on sale for $0.97. A coworker went out and bought me a doughnut when he knew I was having a bad day. One day I got to work without hitting a single red light. All those things brought me joy.

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.206217_699473831899_7234774_n

I love Maine. My two best friends from college and I go up every year. I love the way the air smells. I love how the water is frigid even in late summer. I love stopping in the huge liquor store on the highway as we drive up there (Yes, there is a liquor store on the highway in New Hampshire). Everyone should go! (To Maine. Not to the liquor store.)

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

I love it when my niece giggles. Big belly baby laughs are the best.

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?

Bet Me, by Jennifer Crusie, will always bring me joy, because it’s the first book I read when the heroine wasn’t a perfect looking size two with gorgeous hair. I learned that real women could have awesome romances 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’m loving Chris Pratt. He seems sweet and down to earth. The six pack doesn’t hurt either.

Sugar is generously giving away five e-copies of her latest release, A Curvy Girl for the Cadet. 

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Sugar Jamison is a southern belle trapped in a New Yorker’s body. With a love of big hair and high heeled shoes, she spends her day at her very normal day job and night dreaming up sweet but sassy romances. Sugar also writes steamier romances under the name Ginger Jamison.

 

You can see what she’s up to at sugarjamison.com   |   Facebook   |   Twitter

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