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Susan Mallery: I #LoveRomance
Let me set the stage: romance novels have always been my favorite thing to read. I started reading them in high school, and they still get straight to my heart. The promise of the first kiss, the devastating black moment when you can’t imagine these two people will ever find their way back to each other, and the hard-earned happy ending that fills me with elation. I love them. Love. Them. If you told me that the rest of my life, I could never read anything other than romance, I’d be thrilled.
I love that every journey to finding love is unique. We can relax into the story because we know that things are going to work out, even when things seem bleak. And yet the authors still manage to surprise us with what happens along the way.
I love the way romance novels reinforce my belief that the world is a good place filled with good people. Yes, bad things happen every day, but so do good things, and reading romance allows us to focus on the good in a way that leads to us living happier lives. That’s huge.
So what is the one thing I don’t like about writing romance? When I’m writing one, I don’t read them, to avoid unintentional crossover between the stories. With my very busy writing schedule, that means I spend a good chunk of the year away from the books I love to read.
(I can feel your sympathy coming toward me in waves. Thank you.)
It was even worse with my latest book, Daughters of the Bride. This is my hardcover debut, which means that the story is bigger, longer, with even deeper emotions. Daughters of the Bride is what I call “romance-plus.” It’s the story of three adult sisters finding love against the backdrop of their mother’s wedding. Three romances in one book, and all the family drama that goes along with it. It was a pleasure to write, other than that one nagging aspect.
Because Daughters of the Bride is a romance, and because it’s a bigger story than I’ve ever written before, it forced me to spend even more time than usual away from the books I love to read. But you know what? It was totally worth the sacrifice. Read an excerpt and see if you agree: www.DaughtersoftheBride.com.
Do you ever go on hiatus from reading romance? Why or why not?
Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
Usually, love is hard to quantify, but last year, I visited the Love Locks bridge in Cologne, Germany, where people attach a physical representation of their love for each other to the bridge, in the form of a lock. Then they throw the key into the river to symbolize that their love will last forever. It’s one of many such bridges in Europe, and many have been so loaded with locks that the structural integrity of the bridge is in danger. That’s a lot of love.
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
Does my cat count? It’s always lovely to read a romance with a cat curled up in your lap.
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
The sound of the garage door opening as my husband returns from a trip… sigh!
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
I have so many favorites. I’ll reach back to one of the lesser known books by a favorite author—Wishes by the fabulous Jude Deveraux. It takes place in Colorado in 1896. Nellie is a pudgy spinster at age 28, as sure as everyone else is that she’ll remain on the shelf the rest of her life. A fairy godmother of sorts makes her as beautiful and thin as her spoiled younger sister, only to discover that Jace Montgomery would fall in love with her heart, and not superficialities. Although Wishes is out of print, it is available in ebook format.
Tell us about your dream date.
My husband and I still have regular date nights. I think it’s important to spend time with each other one-on-one, without distractions. Our favorite is dinner a deux at a nice restaurant, with a good bottle of wine.
Susan is generously giving away three signed copies of her #1 NYT bestseller, Thrill Me (Fool’s Gold), plus some Susan Mallery swag. (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 Aug 9, 2016. Good luck!
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Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women’s lives—romance, friendship, family. With compassion and humor, Susan keenly observes how people think and feel, in stories that take readers on an emotional journey.
Daughters of the Bride (July) is her hardcover debut.
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