Caroline Linden – Romance Is Everywhere

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Making Stories More Human

When my first book came out, I didn’t quite know how to describe it to casual acquaintances. It wasn’t shame, SDOS-Lbut rather that I didn’t want to give the wrong perception: I did not think of my books as trashy bodice rippers, the sort of thing someone would only read when on vacation and not interested in anything that required thought. I also happened to live in New England, where there were more romance novels available in the grocery stores (a few) than in my local independent bookseller (none at all).

Finally I settled on saying I wrote historical novels. That was true, even if a little incomplete. After all, the love story is just as vital a part of the books I write, and in the books I love, as the historical settings and events. For most people, that was enough; they would smile and nod and maybe say they thought it would be fun to write a book some day—which mainly proved that they’d never tried—and that would be it.

Sometimes, though, the conversation would continue. What time period? What setting? Do you write about real people, like Philippa Gregory, or fictional characters only? What other books would you compare yours to?

And I realized, eventually, that this is actually a good way to  demonstrate that romance is everywhere, even in stories that are definitely not romances. What’s more, people crave romance in their stories, even romance that’s doomed to a sad ending. We talk about happily ever after, but we all know no one lives forever; that’s why it’s so important to treasure the connections we have, the relationships we build, and the loves we discover and nuture and revel in.

Romances feature all kinds of women, all kinds of men, all kinds of settings and plots and conflicts; there is LITTOS-Ltruly something for every taste. Even a romance that’s short and ill-starred and set in a story that is ANYTHING but romantic—Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese!—catches at your heart and makes a story human. Love makes the world go ‘round—and it makes books better.

Caroline Linden recommends: 

I always recommend Eve Silver’s books     (at Amazon)

Her writing is so clean and clear yet emotional and moving. Best of all, she writes all kinds of romance: Gothic, paranormal, YA, and some amazing dystopian. Whenever I get something new from Eve, my willpower drops to zero and I drop everything to read it at once.

A new favorite of mine is Marnee Blake    (at Amazon)   who writes NA romance. Her second book just came out, and I cannot wait to read it because her first book was awesome (and a RITA finalist for Best First Book). She’s got a fantastic voice and I look forward to reading lots more from her.

And a long time stand-by for me is Helen Fielding  (at Amazon)  on the sheer brilliance of Bridget Jones’s Diary. That first book was a revelation. Just opening it to read a page now and then brings back all the obsessive thrill of reading it the first time.

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.

My little sister got married a few years ago, and there was a moment, after the wedding, that was so wonderful. My sister and her new husband were taking photos outside he church, having spent quite a while inside getting photos with family and friends. The photographer wanted them to walk down the steps of the beautiful church, hand in hand, but my sister’s gown had a train that needed to be tied up. Most of the guests had wandered away or gone on to the reception, so it was my brother-in-law who got down on his knees and tried to figure out how to connect the tapes and buttons that were supposed to gather up her skirt and keep it off the ground. They were so sweet and so in love, laughing together as she tried to talk him through it, even though she couldn’t see a thing he was doing to the back underside of her skirt, and his good-natured exclamations about how he never guessed this would be part of “better or worse.”

Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance. 

I will say, my daughter! We both love romantic stories and movies. I remember watching a movie with her (Persuasion, with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds) years ago, and in the middle it looked bleak for Anne Elliot and Cap. Wentworth. She turned to me anxiously and asked if they were going to figure out how much they still cared for each other. I assured her they did. Then she asked if they would kiss at the end. Again I promised they would. “That’s good,” she said with a sigh of relief. “I like it when they kiss at the end.”

Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?ArubaBeach

A beach at sunset, at the end of a beautiful day.

 Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

It has to be Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. No one else matches them, although I also love the pairing of Will Shakespeare and Viola de Lessups in Shakespeare in Love.

Tell us about your dream date. 

A few years ago my husband planned, all on the sly, a trip for the two of us. We hadn’t gone anywhere alone in years. It was extravagant and over the top and really really strange to go somewhere without our children (who were elementary school age then) but it was so lovely to have my husband all to myself, with no responsibility but to be together. That was pretty much perfect, even without mentioning that we spent those five days in Aruba. And if he’s reading this, I would go back there at any time; just need an hour or two of notice…

Caroline Linden is generously giving away two copies of LOVE IN THE TIME OF SCANDAL and SIX DEGREES OF SCANDAL. One winner will receive one copy of each, two winners will receive one title. (US only, apologies to international friends.)

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below or on the *Facebook post you’ll find here (or both – Share the Love!) ;o) by 11:59 pm PST August 20, 2016.   Good luck!

(*You don’t have to like the FB page, but we do recommend it. It’s easier to contact you if you win. Also consider joining the Read-A-Romance Book Club page, where we discuss romance of all kinds and will have drawings and events throughout the year.)

#LoveRomance  #HappyReading


CarolineLinden-publicityCaroline Linden was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer code before realizing writing fiction was much more fun. Since then, she has won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Historical Mystery/Suspence, the NJRW Golden Leaf Award, and RWA’s RITA Award. Her books have appeared on the USA Today Bestseller list and been translated into fourteen languages.

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  • Molly

    I really enjoy historical romance that are not really people in history. But I also enjoy some of the historical about real people. That was a really sweet moment that you share about your sisters wedding.

    • Caroline Linden

      Thank you! It was a very sweet moment to witness, and it stood out to me even in the middle of such a radiantly romantic and happy day for my little sister.

  • Anna

    I love Persuasion!! Hands down my favorite Austen couple, even beating out Elizabeth & Darcy *ducks*. I think because they were so grateful to be together in the end.

    What a sweet story about your sister!! 🙂

  • Kathy Nye

    I love your books and look forward to more.

  • Kim

    I haven’t read Persuasion yet, but I did see the mini-series.


    That is a lovely story about your sister and brother-in-law. And your husband doing the arranging for a wonderful trip for the two of you, that is a lovely story too. It is evident you and your sister have chosen well. I think one of my favorite romantic couples – George Burns and Gracie Allen. He allowed her to get all the laughs, and he loved every minute of being her straight man.

  • Judith Patton Kaplan

    Thank you for the give-a-way! They both sound like i need to put on my lace gloves to read them – the gloves get me in the mood! 🙂

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    Thank you for your post. I love historical romance for the history as much as the romance. BTW, I’m a retired high school math teacher. Math Rocks!!

  • rebecca moe

    Oh! I am definitely going to have to introduce my daughter to that version of Persuasion. I have no idea why I haven’t yet…

    Lovely post, thanks so much for sharing!

  • Linda Henderson

    It’s so nice to have someone to share romance books with. My sister and I have always recommended books to each other and share books. She is actually the one who got me reading Barbara Cartland all those years ago. Actually I think she still has all of her books. She keeps saying she needs to pass them on for someone else to enjoy but she hasn’t done it yet. Secretly I think she wants to hang onto them.

  • Lisa Hutson

    What a sweet memory of your sister and her new husband…..

  • Debbie Fuller

    It’s so refreshing to hear that authors who write romance have had a hard time telling people what they write. I know I do because the stories are so much more and I want them to read and fall in love with the whole of the book and dismiss it because I said it was romance.

  • Pamby50

    I do enjoy historical romance. They are well written and have factual information in them. I love Jeopardy and all the historical romance books have helped me answer many questions. My kids always ask how I know that and I tell them, romance books.

  • catslady

    I love historicals the most but read most genres. Unfortunately, I have not yet been able to convince my daughter to try my romances – she’s missing out!

  • Sue G.

    Wasn’t it fun to be a couple again and not parents! Last year all three were away at college and it was real nice to be us again!

  • Sharlene Wegner

    I am trying to get my daughter to love reading and romance movies, but it is a tough sell! She is 16. I even buy YA romances, which I love, too, and still a tough sell! Thank you for the post!

  • Ellen

    A surprise trip to Aruba, your husband is romantic. (I’m lucky, I have a romantic husband, too.)

  • Melissa Williams Herrin

    I love everything Historical Romances, it has been my little time travel while I read your books and other authors books while I am in the hospital with my husband. When I open up a book I get transported to another world/time and for a few minutes I can be stress free. Thank you Caroline Linden for your wonderful books and Thank you for this giveaway.

  • Ann Mettert

    That’s a great story about your sister’s wedding. 🙂

  • Diane Sallans

    It’s amazing what is considered a scandal now versus the past

  • Mary McCoy

    Your brother in law knows romance!