August 29 – Danelle Harmon

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today Danelle Harmon is doing both the Q&A and the author takeover.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

2018 RARM Questions:

Why do you write books? 

I love the sense of creation, of watching characters I’ve imagined, nurtured and grown, take on a life of their own and become real people to me — and, I hope, to my readers.

I love being able to work at home, with my dogs at my feet and a cup of Barry’s tea beside my laptop while I delve into worlds past and stories yet untold. It doesn’t get better than this!

 

What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

In 1994, while living in central Massachusetts, I met a man from England on an internet penpal list, and we began corresponding. Friendly emails led to phone calls, and then to more phone calls, until finally I flew to England for a long weekend to meet him. We hit it off wonderfully, and several months later he came here to Massachusetts and proposed to me on Plum Island beach in Newburyport before heading back to Oxfordshire, England. Within two months I had packed up my dog, myself, and my world, got on a plane at Logan Airport, and moved to England on a fiancee visa. We were married in March of the following year.

It was terrifying to take such a huge risk, and I had a full-blown panic attack as the plane lifted out into the night over Boston Harbor, wondering what on earth I was getting myself into, but that was nearly 25 years ago now and neither of us looked back.

Sometimes one has to take big risks to get big rewards!

 

Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

I love the timeless tale of boys meets girl, of love that changes lives and the world itself. It’s a story that never gets old.

 

Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.)

Well, I think picking up my life (and my dog’s!) and moving to England to be with a man I’d only been with for sixteen days, and known for only a few months, is probably right up there, ha!

 

If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

Spend as much time as you can with the ones you love, because life passes by quickly and one day – sooner than you may think – those chances will be forever gone.

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

Many years ago, I was privileged to do some research and artifact illustration work for Barry Clifford, who discovered (and continues to salvage) the pirate ship  _Whydah_ off the coast of Cape Cod. One of the tasks I was directed to perform for Barry and his historian, Ken Kinkor, was to research potentially lucrative and long-lost shipwrecks in the dusty archives of the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts. I would lose myself in the lost, long-ago world of the late 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries through newspapers that had been stored on microfiche – and if ever one wants to truly be transported back to a time and place, contemporary newspapers offer a splendid chance to do just that.

I read accounts of giant worms pulled from the mouths and stomachs of people … accounts of hangings and murders and runaway servants … but perhaps the most fascinating story I came across of all, was an account in an 18th century newspaper of mysterious thunder and a line in the sky.

Reading it was eerie, as it quite perfectly described a modern-day jet airplane and the contrail it leaves behind. Time travel, anyone?

 

How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)

That has never been a problem for me, as I tend to be slow and disciplined in my storytelling, and those to whom the voices belong know that they must wait their turn!

 
If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

I would love to be in Boston on the eve of the American Revolution, listening to the handsome and charismatic young Dr. Joseph Warren give one of his fiery, patriotic speeches that did so much to push Massachusetts into Revolution.

would love to meet him and so many of the players on both the colonial and British sides in that decisive and exciting period of our nation’s history. But please, let me take bottled water, soap, and shampoo along with me!

 

What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

Every review, ever “fan” letter, every mention or discussion of my characters or their stories by another person is remarkable to me, and helps fuel me to write the next story.

Even after all these years (I was first published in 1992 by Avon Books/Harper-Collins) that joyous sense of knowing that my characters are alive in someone else’s mind besides my own, is a thrill and a privilege that never gets old.

 

Danelle recommends:

Katherine Bone   –    www.katherinebone.com   –   @Amazon

Katherine not only writes wonderful swashbuckling romances set in the world of pirates, privateers and mariners, but is one of those kind and wonderful people whose presence in one’s life only enriches it.

 

Julia Quinn   –    juliaquinn.com   –   @Amazon

Julia and I used to do book signings together when we were both young authors at Avon, and our friendship endures after all these years. Her books define, enlarge, and set the standard for witty historical romance; she’s not to be missed. Look for her Bridgerton Series to make its debut on Netflix in the not-too-distant future!

 

 


First published in 1992 by Avon/Harper-Collins, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Danelle Harmon has written seventeen books, with many distributed in various languages throughout the world. Her books have won numerous awards from RT/Romantic Times (LORD OF THE SEA was one of four indie finalists for Best Book of 2014) and have repeatedly hit the top of Amazon’s bestseller charts.

Danelle enjoys sailing, amateur photography, plane-spotting and dog shows; she and her family make their home in New England with four dogs, an Egyptian Arabian horse, and a flock of pet chickens.

Learn more:  www.danelleharmon.com

Danelle welcomes email from her readers and can be reached by mail here or on Facebook here.

 

Buy Danelle’s books:

 

availableon-amazon         availableon-nook      availableon-kobo

 

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

 

Authors on The Romance of Reading page:

 

1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  Regina Kyle

17  –  Mimi Milan                 💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

23  –  Shirley Hailstock          💜         24  –   Talia Surova

27  –  Lisa Patton                    💜        28  –  Tracey Livesay

29  –  Danelle Harmon          💜        30  –  Minerva Spencer

*   31   –    Christina Lauren (modified guest host)

August 28 – Tracey Livesay

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today Tracey Livesay is doing both the Q&A and the author takeover.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

2018 RARM Questions:

Why do you write books? 

Because I love telling stories and putting my point of view out into the world. I also believe this is something I was born to do; I’ve been writing in one form or another since I was a little girl.

 

What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

Every time I’ve followed my heart, I’ve made the courageous choice. Whether it was choosing to marry my husband (against some initial familial protest on both sides) or deciding to become a published author. There were conventional, expected choices, but I did what’s right for me and both decisions turned out well.

 

Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

I believe in happily ever afters. I’m lucky enough to have it in real life, but before I did, I loved reading books where I knew it was going to end happily. I was willing to follow my couples through anything, because I knew they’d always end up together. And as a writer, I love that I’m now offering that same happiness to my readers!

 

Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.)

When my husband was just my boyfriend, he’d write me the most romantic love letters. And they were unique to his personality. I’ve kept all the lettes he’s given me and i even used one he gave me for a character in one of my books, love on my mind. If you read that book and the acknowledgements, I mention how the story came to be because of that letter.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

Be kinder to yourself. You’re so much more than you believe you are.

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

In my book LOVE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER, my heroine was in an accident and ended up with amnesia. I did a lot of research on real life cases of amnesia and was surprised to learn the many ways it can affect people. It’s not always like it is in books and movies and some of it was really sad. Some people never regain their memories. And sometimes, it’s more than just a loss of memory. It can include a loss of language, of life skills, of how the world works. It’s a really devastating condition.

 

How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)

I know authors talk about voices in their head, but it doesn’t work that way for me. I get ideas about stories and I’ll jot them down, but generally, when it’s time to write a story, I have a procedure I follow. It either starts with a plot or a character and I build everything from there.

 
If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

I would live in the present, because much of history wasn’t kind to people of color, especially women. But if I could live anywhere for a month, I’d choose a cottage near water. I’d have a stocked pantry, wine cellar, and my laptop, but other than that, just me. I’d be free to read and write to my heart’s content.

 

What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

I would have to say that one of the most remarkable things I’ve had happen in my career is seeing my name or book covers on tv and in newspapers. I can’t describe the feeling. I think my inner twelve year old can’t believe that we’ve gone from reading these books to actually writing them!

 

Tracey recommends:

Naima Simone   –   naimasimone.com   –    @Amazon

 

Nina Crespo   –    ninacrespo.com   –   @Amazon

 

Adriana Anders    –    www.adrianaanders.com  –   @Amazon

 

 


Tracey Livesay’s latest release, LOVE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER, was the winner of the 2018 Emma Award for Best Interracial Romance. She writes smart, sexy and emotional contemporary romances where strong, successful heroines find love with powerful, passionate heroes. She’s been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly and on CBS This Morning. A former criminal defense attorney, she finds crafting believable happily ever afters slightly more challenging than protecting our constitutional rights, but she’s never regretted following her heart instead of her law degree.

Tracey lives in Virginia with her husband-who she met on the very first day of law school–and their three children. When not answering the call of wife, mother or author, she runs marathons and daydreams about designer purses.

 

Learn more at www.traceylivesay.com.

 

Buy Tracey’s books:

 

availableon-amazon         availableon-nook      availableon-kobo

 

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

 

Authors on The Romance of Reading page:

 

1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  Regina Kyle

17  –  Mimi Milan                 💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

23  –  Shirley Hailstock          💜         24  –   Talia Surova

27  –  Lisa Patton                    💜        28  –  Tracey Livesay

29  –  Danelle Harmon          💜        30  –  Minerva Spencer

*   31   –    Christina Lauren (modified guest host)

August 27 – Lisa Patton

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today Lisa Patton is doing both the Q&A and the author takeover.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

2018 RARM Questions:

Why do you write books? 

I need to be creative. It’s in my DNA. And I love setting big goals for myself and actually accomplishing them. :o)

 

What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

Fighting breast cancer, then facing my new body in the mirror.

 

Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

I’m not a romance writer but I LOVE romance. I’m the definition of a “hopeless romantic.” I want a man to stare in my eyes without looking away and tell me what I mean to him.

 

Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.)

Slow dancing under the stars to “There’s a Place for Us,” from West Side Story.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

YOU HAVE A VOICE and it’s okay to use it. Not everyone is going to like you and that’s okay. Be true to yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for what you need. Believe that God loves you fiercely.

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

 Nothing really fascinated me with research on RUSH, but I will say I was deeply saddened when I learned how devastating it is for a young woman when she doesn’t get a bid to her favorite sorority.

 

How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!) 

I’m sure other writers will have a different story to tell but this doesn’t happen for me. I’d love to give you a sexier version of my writing life but I don’t have one 😉 LOL!

 
If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

France. I’d start in Paris, wear myself out visiting museums and Versailles, then I’d relax in a Renaissance villa for a week. After that I’d drive cross- country stopping at vineyards and French antique shops. I’d eat in tucked away French cafes, stand in the middle of a lilac field and drink in the aroma. A hotel with a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean would be my last stop.

 

What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

The most remarkable thing that has happened to me as a writer was receiving a handwritten letter from Fannie Flagg praising my latest novel, RUSH.

 

Lisa recommends:

Kate Morton   –   www.katemorton.com   –   @Amazon

The SECRET KEEPER is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’ve not read her latest, The CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER but it’s definitely at the top of my TBR! In my humble opinion Kate Morton is one of the best storytellers alive today.

 


After thirteen years at an all-girls school in Memphis and a house full of sisters, Lisa Patton headed for co-ed life at the University of Alabama where she graduated with a degree in Communications.  Forever the music lover, Lisa landed her first job at the Historic Orpheum Theatre in Memphis as a manager and show promoter before transitioning into promotions at WMC–FM 100, the landmark Memphis radio station. It was there she received Billboard Magazine’s Promotion Director of the Year award.

The birth of her two sons made it difficult to emcee nightly charity auctions and movie premieres so Lisa shifted into TV promotions at the NBC affiliate, WMC-TV Channel 5.  Writing radio and TV promotional spots, character voice bits, and news promos made up a large part of both broadcasting positions.

A three-year stint in the restaurant business as a Vermont innkeeper added diversity to her southern roots and after surviving three sub-zero winters Lisa sped back to Tennessee to de-thaw. That experience gave her the inspiration for her bestselling novel, Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter.

A year later she returned to the music industry and was hired by multi-Grammy Award winning recording artist Michael McDonald as personal assistant and tour manager. She worked on several albums and video projects including the Grammy nominated, certified Platinum, Motown.  Lisa remained in that position until writing became a full-time career.

A breast Cancer survivor, Lisa is now the best selling author of what Library Journal calls, “the beloved Dixie series,” Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easterYankee Doodle Dixie, and Southern as a Second Language. Her lastest novel, Rush, a current Okra Pick from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, has been praised by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as “a story about right versus wrong, old traditions pitted against modern ideas and changing times.” The proud mother of two sons, eight bonus children and eleven grandchildren, she lives in the rolling hills of Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and their four-legged, furry daughter named Rosie. 

To learn more about her, visit Lisa’s website at www.lisapatton.com.

 

Buy Lisa’s books:

availableon-amazon         availableon-nook      availableon-kobo

 

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

 

Authors on The Romance of Reading page:

 

1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  Regina Kyle

17  –  Mimi Milan                 💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

23  –  Shirley Hailstock          💜         24  –   Talia Surova

27  –  Lisa Patton                    💜        28  –  Tracey Livesay

29  –  Danelle Harmon          💜        30  –  Minerva Spencer

*   31   –    Christina Lauren (modified guest host)

August 26 – Tara Sheets

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today Tara Sheets is doing the Q&A, and no one’s on the page, since it’s Sunday.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

2018 RARM Questions:

Why do you write books? 

I grew up in different countries and my father’s work required us to travel and move around a lot, so we didn’t always have outlets for entertainment other than the stories we brought with us.  Ever since I was a little girl, I was fascinated by books.  I read fairy tales and fables from countries all over the world.  When I got older I read romance because I needed to know there would be a happy, emotionally satisfying ending. I loved that books had the power to take me anywhere I wanted to go, no matter where I was.  There’s magic in that. I wanted to write books that could bring that same sense of adventure—the escapism and wonder—to other people.

 

What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

Honestly, I think trying to become a writer and putting myself out there has been the most courageous thing I’ve ever done.  Even though I knew I loved writing, I never actively pursued it as a career until after I was well out of college, had started a family, and tried other careers that didn’t stick.  It wasn’t until my mother got sick with cancer that I really took a hard look at what I was doing with my life.  Before she died she urged me to go after my dreams and not to squander my chance for joy.  So I signed up for my first novel writing class, scared to death, terrified to submit my writing to strangers.  It hasn’t been easy for me.  The first time I turned in an assignment, I got so stressed out I literally broke out in hives under my sweater.  It’s been years since then, and I’m happy to report that I’m much better now! I love writing, and I’m grateful I took the leap to pursue my dreams.

 

Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

I write romance because I believe love is what matters most.  You can go through life running at goals and acquiring things and moving mountains, but I truly believe that love is the driving force behind achieving true happiness. It’s the only thing that makes this crazy roller coaster worth the ride. Romance books remind people that hope floats, and in spite of all odds, happiness is possible.

 

Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.)

Back when I first tried to complete an entire book, I signed up for a class where we were supposed to write a novel in a month, and I had no idea how that was even going to be possible.  Caring for a toddler and a special-needs relative with emotional and physical disabilities took up all my time and energy. In those days my husband and I were so broke. All our money went to bills and putting food on the table.  So the day before my class began, I broke down. I cried because I didn’t even have a working keyboard (some of the letters stuck) and I had no idea why I was even trying to pursue a dream when it seemed the odds were stacked against me.  That night, my husband went out and bought used computer equipment on Craigslist so I could participate in the class.  I’ll never forget the fold-out table, the keyboard, and the articulated arm he purchased, just so I could keep my dream alive.  I know this doesn’t sound very swoony and impressive, but I don’t think I’ve ever felt more supported or loved than that moment.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

Be confident! Oh my God, I would tell my younger self to hold my head high and be confident.  I would say “You don’t have to try so hard to be what other people want.  You don’t have to try so hard to make other people happy in order to feel loved. You are valuable and you are important, just the way you are!”

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

When I was researching the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest, I went down a rabbit hole about the orca whales in that area.  One of the things that fascinated me was learning that there are two completely different groups of orcas, even though they look so similar.  There are resident orcas who travel in large pods and prefer to eat Chinook salmon.  Then there are the transient orcas who travel in much smaller pods and eat marine mammals like seals and porpoises.  What’s so interesting to me is that resident and transient orcas completely ignore each other. If they happen to pass each other in the ocean, they don’t intermingle or breed, even though technically they are the same species.

 

How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)

I don’t usually have a problem with voices vying for my attention because when I’m writing a book, the main characters take center stage and everything else seems to fade into the background. If anything, when it’s time to write the next book, I have to do a lot of brainstorming and plotting before the next characters’ voices become clear in my head.

 
If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

I think if I could live for a month anywhere right now, I’d love to spend a month traveling in Italy.  I’ve always wanted to immerse myself in that lovely landscape and see all the sights without being rushed or on a tight schedule.  I think I could dream up a lot of fun stories and characters if I had a full month to spend there.

 

What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

Winning the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® award for my debut novel, Don’t Call Me Cupcake was an incredible experience. I will never forget that moment, and how much overwhelming gratitude I felt for my writing community. My Golden Heart® groups, the Mermaids, the Dragonflies, and the Lucky 13’s, have continued to inspire me every day with their amazing talent and unfailing support.

 

Tara recommends:

 

Seana Kelly    –     www.seanakelly.com    –     @Amazon

Seana’s debut book, Welcome Home Katie Gallagher, is one of the cutest romantic comedies I’ve read in a long time.  If you’re looking for a fun read that will make you laugh out loud, Seana Kelly has you covered.

 

Hope Ramsay   –   hoperamsay.com    –    @Amazon

I love Hope’s fun, small town romances.  Her characters feel so real, I miss them after I’m done reading.

 


Tara Sheets is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. Her stories have earned first place in literary contests nationwide, and her debut novel, Don’t Call Me Cupcake, won the 2016 Golden Heart® award sponsored by Romance Writers of America.

Tara began her career as an author in the Pacific Northwest, inspired by the rain and the misty mountains and the rivers of Starbucks coffee. She now lives in the warm, wonderful South where she can stand outside with no coat on, and she finds that pretty inspiring too.

When not writing, Tara enjoys life with her book-loving family and a book-eating dog named Merlin. She is represented by Sarah Phair at Trident Media Group.

Learn more at tarasheets.com.

 

 

Buy Tara’s books:

availableon-amazon         availableon-nook      availableon-kobo

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

 

Authors on The Romance of Reading page:

 

1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  Regina Kyle

17  –  Mimi Milan                 💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

23  –  Shirley Hailstock          💜         24  –   Talia Surova

27  –  Lisa Patton                    💜        28  –  Tracey Livesay

29  –  Danelle Harmon          💜        30  –  Minerva Spencer

*   31   –    Christina Lauren (modified guest host)

August 25 – Lauren Layne

Hi friends!

Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month!

While I read romance all year long, August is the month we celebrate romantic fiction! Come back every day to read the fun author Q&As – calendar here –  and each weekday in August, we’ll also have an author guest hosting the Romance of Reading FB page. Today Lauren Layne is doing the Q&A and there’s no one on the page, since it’s Saturday.

This year is significantly smaller in scale. If you’re interested, you can read about some of the reasons why here. It’s been a crazy year, and a complicated few months.

Happy August. Isn’t life better with #ATouchofRomance?! xo

 

2018 RARM Questions:

Why do you write books? 

At the risk of sounding cliché, I can’t imagine not writing books. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do, since I first discovered The Boxcar Children in the second grade! It doesn’t really feel like a choice, so much as a calling.

 

What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?

Oh gosh. I’m a lot of things, but I don’t know if courageous is my biggest asset. I guess I’d say quitting my well-paying corporate job to try to make a go of it as a full-time author in NYC, without much of a savings account to fall back on. I just … went for it. And yes, I went into debt, but a year or two later, I was making 4x as much as I made in the “safe” job!

 

Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?

I write the books I want to read. And that’s always been about the romance for me! Even back in my Nancy Drew reading days, it was always about Ned.

 

Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.)

I married my high school sweetheart, and I’m biased, but I think it doesn’t get more romantic than meeting “the one,” at age fifteen, and making that turn into something lasting and lovely.

 

If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?

Trust your gut. So many people will have opinions on your writing, your creativity, your business, your brand, but you know what’s best for you. Nobody else.

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

Eh. I confess I don’t do a lot of research since I write contemporary romance, that’s set in my own city! (NYC) In fact, I think romance would be a heck of a lot less fun if I had to do homework.  😉

 

How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)

You know, that’s actually never really been part of my process! I guess I hear voices when I’m specifically calling on characters during a dialog scene, but generally speaking, things people don’t speak out of turn in my head 😉

 
If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?

I’m torn between Paris (the baguettes!) and a cabin in Maine (the solitude!)

 

What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?

You know, it’s a simple joy, but writing The End is always the most exhilarating feeling of my life. It simply never gets old to know that I wrote a book.

 

Lauren recommends:

 

Julie James   –    juliejames.com    –    @Amazon

 

Marie Tremayne   –    www.marietremayne.com   –   @Amazon

 

Kerrigan Byrne   –   www.kerriganbyrne.com   –    @Amazon

 


Lauren Layne is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than two dozen romantic comedies. Her books have sold over a million copies, in nine languages.

Lauren’s work has been featured in Publishers WeeklyGlamourThe Wall Street Journal, and Inside Edition. She is based in New York City.

 

Buy Lauren’s books:

 

availableon-amazon         availableon-nook      availableon-kobo

*Please note that the Amazon button, most cover images and many text links connect to a Read-A-Romance Month affiliate portal. Thanks so much for your help & support!

 

Authors on The Romance of Reading page:

 

1   –   Jeannie Moon           💜         2   –   Lenora Bell

3  –    Nancy Herkness       💜         6   –   Kimberli A. Bindschatel

7   –  Cathy Maxwell            💜         8   –   Amelia Grey

9  –  Liz Talley                     💜         10  –  Dylann Crush

13  –  Marilyn Brant             💜         14  –  Sharla Lovelace

15  –  Sally MacKenzie        💜         16  –  Regina Kyle

17  –  Mimi Milan                 💜          20  –  Christine Nolfi

21  –  Susie Orman Schnall  💜       22  –  Caroline Linden

23  –  Shirley Hailstock          💜         24  –   Talia Surova

27  –  Lisa Patton                    💜        28  –  Tracey Livesay

29  –  Danelle Harmon          💜        30  –  Minerva Spencer

*   31   –    Christina Lauren (modified guest host)