August 21 – Susie Orman Schnall

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 Jeannie Moon 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? 

Several reasons.

1) Writing brings me a joy that is hard to explain.

2) To get the most incredible experience of getting to write “The End” at the end of a manuscript.

3) Because I love all of the other aspects of being an author.

 

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

Going on an Outward Bound trip when I was in my mid 20s. I was feeling very stuck in my professional life and in some friendships and I felt like I needed to do something to shake things up. That trip made me realize I was much stronger emotionally and physically that I had ever thought I was. Since then I have done endurance and other physical events every once in a while to try and replicate those feelings.

 

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

Who doesn’t love a love story? I love reading them so despite the fact that my books aren’t “romance” books in the true meaning of the genre, they all have aspects of romance. Also, I write about women’s experiences and I think it’s inauthentic to not include that side of their lives. Plus, they’re fun to write.

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

My favorite romantic moments are when I watch love stories in movies. I get so caught up in the idea of that idealized type of romance. Just last night, I watched To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix (based upon the novel by Jenny Han) and I swooned all over it. It’s about teenage love but there’s something so sweet and innocent and new about it that it just made me feel all romantic. I’m a sucker for a love story!

 

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

Don’t follow the path that you think has been set for you. It’s okay to veer. To not have everything figured out so young. Be a little impulsive.

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

The whole premise of my latest novel The Subway Girls fascinated me. It’s about the Miss Subways contest which was an advertising campaign that took place in the NYC subway system from 1941-1976 and it was based around a beauty contest. The stories of the women who competed are fascinating and I explored that history for my novel. I especially loved hearing about the fun things that happened to some of the women after they won the title. One Miss Subways winner received 278 marriage proposals and an orchid every week for an entire year.

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

I spend a lot of time letting the voices marinate in my head. They don’t like it in there (ha) but the writing part for me is the shortest part of the process. My writing is also very cyclical. I don’t write every day. But when I am in writing mode, I write the first draft very quickly. The characters just bubble over in my brain and land on the page through my fingers. It’s a fascinating experience to step outside myself and watch that happen. I come up with so many characters and stories that never make it out of my head. Luckily, they keep quiet. Most of the time 😉

 

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

I know this is a romanticized vision of what that life was like, but I’d love to live a Downton Abbey (upstairs!) kind of life for a month. I do realize there was a lot that wasn’t great about that life especially for ambitious women, but the tea! And the dresses! And the calling cards! And the walks in the moors with handsome suitors!

 

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

The camaraderie and support I have experienced with other female writers. It has been wonderful getting to know other authors who have helped me in so many ways. Such an incredible group of intelligent, ambitious, kind, and inspiring women.

 

Susie recommends:

I have so many authors to recommend, but… if you make me boil it down to three I’ll go with these authors who all have books coming out soon that I can’t wait to read:

 

Fiona Davis  (The Masterpiece)   –    www.fionadavis.net   –   @Amazon

 

Taylor Jenkins Reid  (Daisy Jones and the Six)   –  taylorjenkinsreid.com  –   @Amazon

 

Lynda Cohen Loigman (The Wartime Sisters)  –   lyndacohenloigman.com   –   @Amazon

 

All three are not only brilliant authors but also really sensational women.

 

 


Susie Orman Schnall is the author of three novels: Her thought-provoking debut, ON GRACE is about turning 40. THE BALANCE PROJECT is about work-life balance and was inspired by The Balance Project interview series she started in 2014. And her latest book, THE SUBWAY GIRLS, which is historical fiction about the fascinating Miss Subways advertising program, has appeared on numerous Best Books of the Summer lists in outlets such as In Style, Parade, Refinery29, BookBub, Working Mother, and more.

Susie’s writing has appeared in publications including The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, HuffPost, POPSUGAR, Writer’s Digest, BookTrib, and Glamour. She is also a frequent speaker at women’s groups, corporations, and book clubs about her novels and work-life balance.

 

Susie grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and now lives in New York with her husband and their three teenage sons.

 

Buy Susie’s books:

 

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*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 20 – Christine Nolfi

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 Christine Nolfi 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? 

There’s nothing more fascinating than imagining other people’s lives, their struggles and defeats, and their most astonishing successes. I adore stories about a hero and heroine drawn magnetically to each other no matter how hard they try to thwart the attraction. Toss in lots of roadblocks to a happily-ever-after, and you’ve created a page-turner.

In THE SEASON OF SILVER LININGS, Jada is unaware Philip has loved her for many years. The affection he hides will help to reveal troubling secrets Jada must confront once an eccentric history professor arrives at the Wayfair Inn and befriends her.

 

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

In my late thirties, I convinced my husband we should cash in our retirement savings and adopt a sibling group of four special needs children from a shelter in the Philippines. The marriage didn’t survive, leaving me to raise our adopted brood singlehandedly. Today the kids are happy, healthy adults. Despite the divorce, we’ve remained loving family—in fact, both my ex and I have remarried.

 

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

Good storytelling must address the key issues we encounter in our lives. There is no issue more key than our desire to find a life mate, someone to love and cherish. Years after my marriage went up in flames—when I had made peace with the notion of spending the rest of my life alone—I fell madly, hopelessly back in love at fifty-one.

Discovering that romance isn’t confined to youth certainly factors into my decision to add romantic elements to my novels. I love writing stories about a hero and heroine drawn magnetically to each other no matter how hard they try to thwart the attraction.

 

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

Three weeks after I met Barry on Match.com, he invited me to go on a cruise. I agreed because we’d already begun falling in love.

We spent the first night in Miami, and picked up food poisoning at a restaurant. We spent hours alone in our hotel room taking turns dashing to the bathroom. The experience should have been humiliating, but we couldn’t stop laughing. We were so comfortable with each other that there wasn’t room for embarrassment.

After we were both flung across the bed exhausted, Barry turned to me with his lopsided grin and proposed.

 

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

Don’t fear the dark times; they will give you strength. I would also thank my younger self for always having the confidence to leap with the belief that the net will appear. Because it always has.

 

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

Before I begin writing in earnest, I “become” each main character through a simple process. I sit down and write their thoughts in first person, as if writing in a diary.

Once the book is underway, I allow the characters to take over my imagination—and my life.

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

Seven years ago, I moved from northeast Ohio’s snow country to my dream destination: Charleston, South Carolina. Living in the subtropics in a city rich with history is heavenly. There’s nowhere I’d rather be.

 

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

Receiving an out-of-the-blue invitation from an editor to pitch a series to Lake Union Publishing was certainly remarkable. The Sweet Lake Series is the end result.

 

About THE SEASON OF SILVER LININGS:

The three books in the Sweet Lake series follow the lives of three women renovating a historic inn. THE SEASON OF SILVER LININGS tells the story of Jada Brooks and the secrets she can no longer keep when a stranger arrives at the inn, seeking the answers. This is the third book in the series and although I encourage readers to pick up SWEET LAKE (#1) and THE COMFORT OF SECRETS (#2), it isn’t necessary—all three stories are complete, with no cliffhangers.

 

Christine recommends:

I adore the fiction of Australian American journalist Geraldine Brooks. Her novel March, which depicts the absent father in the classic novel Little Women, won the Pulitzer in 2005. Year of Wonders, The Secret Chord and People of the Book are equally superb.

Geraldine Brooks    –   geraldinebrooks.com   –   @Amazon

 


Award-winning author Christine Nolfi provides readers with heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Her debut Treasure Me is a Next Generation Indie Awards finalist. The Midwest Book Review lists the books in the Liberty Series as “highly recommended” and her novels have enjoyed bestseller status. Sweet Lake and The Comfort of Secrets are 2018 International Book Award finalists, Women’s Lit and Cross Genre respectively. The Season of Silver Linings is Christine’s latest release with Lake Union Publishing. Look for her next release in Spring, 2019.

Learn more at christinenolfi.com

 

Buy Christine’s books:

 

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*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 19 – Karen Hawkins

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 is Sunday, so Karen Hawkins is doing the Q&A and no one’s on the page.

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 write because I love to read, and at some point, I discovered I had a story to tell. So I told it. And then, to my surprise, I sold it. And I’ve been writing ever since!

 

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

Wow. That’s a tough question. I guess it was leaving my safe, secure job teaching political science at a college in Georgia to start writing full time. That was tough. But I did it with forethought and didn’t quit my ‘day job’ until I was making a certain amount of money from my writing.

That was tough, because I’m a worrier!

 

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

I write romantic books because real life is sometimes hard and is even, at times, brutal. Books have been my escape since I was a child and I want to bring that sort of happiness to others. Relationships are the best parts of our lives (or should be!), especially our romantic relationships. I love reliving that ‘just-falling-in-love’ feeling, and I think other people do, too.

 

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

Oh gee, there are so many. Seriously, I’ve married the most romantic guy. Just this morning, as we were leaving the house, my dh (whom I call Cap’n Hot Cop) stopped in the middle of the walkway, turned around, took my hand, kissed it, and said, “Have I told you lately how much I love you?” I just MELTED. There was no reason for it at all – he just did it. Which to me, makes it more romantic than a present on an anniversary.

I’m a very, very, very lucky woman, which is why I love, love, love writing about love.

 

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

I’d tell my younger self as a woman: “Never, ever settle when it comes to relationships. The good ones are worth waiting for.” I’d also tell her, “Don’t go looking for love. Just learn to be happy and love yourself, and you’ll attract those who will love you as you are.”

I’d tell my younger self as a writer: “Don’t hire the nice agent. You don’t want a nice agent. You want a sharp-toothed tiger agent who will roar when you need her to.”

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

 That there were women with successful careers in every era you can think of, even when it wasn’t legal for them to vote or own property. 

 

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

I only write one book at a time. When I hear voices competing for their story, I take notes and file them for ‘the next book.’ I tried writing two books at a time, but I’m not organized well enough for that. The characters kept slipping into the wrong books. It was annoying!

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

I’d love to live in Elizabethan England if I could be a member of court. Queen Elizabeth I has always been on my Historical Would Like to Meet List, and I love the clothes of that era. Those gowns! Swoon! She was an amazing woman for her time and she was surrounded with some fascinating people like Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Walsingham, Christopher Marlowe, and Shakespeare.

 

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

I had a reader write a beautiful letter to tell me that she’d read and re-read A BELATED BRIDE over and over while she was going through chemo and that it had helped her so much because it always made her laugh when she needed it most. That made me weepy, and I’m happy to say she has since recovered, and keeps that book in her nightstand to remind her of what she’s overcome.

I’m getting teary-eyed right now thinking of it. That’s a tough, difficult fight, and she’s a brave, brave woman.

 

Karen recommends:

Right now, I’m reading Suzanne Enoch’s new, refreshing, and fun contemporary novel BAREFOOT IN THE DARK, from the Samantha Jellicoe series. I ADORE this book and if you haven’t tried her Samantha Jellicoe series, then you need to. So much fun!

Suzanne Enoch    –     www.suzanneenoch.com    –    @Amazon

I just finished reading THE SECRET OF FLIRTING by Sabrina Jeffries. I adore her sparkling dialogue and am excited because this is the fifth book in her Sinful Suitors series and they’re all excellent. She has such a deft hand at character development. So fun!

Sabrina Jeffries   –   www.sabrinajeffries.com    –   @Amazon

 

And last but not least, I just bought, but haven’t yet read, THE LAIRD’S WILLFUL LASS by Anna Campbell. I’ve always loved her books, but had missed this one, so it’s now waiting for me to read next.

Anna Campbell  –    annacampbell.com   –   @Amazon

 


Karen Hawkins is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 30 fun and lively Regency historical romances and two humorous contemporary romances. Like Sabrina Jeffries, Julia Quinn, Victoria Alexander, and Suzanne Enoch, Karen’s books are known for their sparkling humor, dashing rakes, independent heroines, and often include freshly retold fairy tales (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, etc), daring rescues, runaway brides, marriages of convenience, Regency balls, and more!

With vivid descriptions, strong characters, and captivating plots, Karen takes her readers from London’s Regency ballrooms to the purpled moors of Scotland and beyond.

 

Buy Karen’s books:

 

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*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 18 – Vivienne Lorret

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’s Saturday, so Vivienne Lorret is her for the Q&A and no one’s on the page.

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? 

If I didn’t, then I’m afraid it would be like Violet Beauregarde (from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), who chewed the three-course dinner gum. I would get so full of ideas that I’d run the risk of exploding. Writing books is like putting myself through the juicer.

 

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

Professionally speaking, I’d say the most courageous thing was sending out that second query letter, still believing in myself after I received that first rejection. And then doing the same thing for all the times that followed.

 

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

There are so many reasons. I guess it boils down to having a romantic heart and wanting to fall in love as often as possible. Romance writers, and readers, are blessed with the opportunity to experience falling in love over and over again. But it isn’t always easy. You have to keep your heart in tiptop shape. I recommend a workout of several sighs a day.

 

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

This may sound strange, but the most romantic moment in my life was when my sister was my secret admirer. Of course, at the time—when I was nine years old—I didn’t know that she was the one behind the surprise cards and little boxes of candy. But for a magical few weeks, I’d been lost in a haze of pink-clouded bliss, imagining that maybe… just maybe… Rick Springfield had loved me as much as I loved him.

 

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

So many things, but most of all—be fearless.

Of course, it’s difficult to start off this way when your internal editor is breathing down your neck. So, before you begin to write, take your internal editor by the hand and explain that you have to do this without her. Then write what’s in your heart. Pour it all out onto the page and don’t hold back

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

I discovered that there was an actual matchmaking agency in 1825 London. It was the first of its kind, taking client applications and charging subscription fees to introduce people. It was the late-Regency Era’s e-harmony!

 

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

Post-it’s and file folders. I used to ignore the other characters and storylines that would pop into my head, believing that I would remember them in the future. But that didn’t always work. So now, I jot down ideas whenever they arrive (I put notes on Post-it’s, envelopes, grocery store receipts…), and keep them “organized” in file folders for later.

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

When I’m on a deadline, I’d pretty much go anywhere that’s quiet for a month to write. But if I had my way, I’d like to stay in Neuschwanstein Castle. Alone. So I could write with a breathtaking view. There’s a Starbuck’s in Bavaria, right?

 

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

One of the most inspiring things is when I hear from readers. Every time I meet a reader at an event, or read a comment on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, I’m overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness and good wishes. It’s such a blessing to receive emails and letters from people who take time to reach out to me, wanting to share their stories, ask questions about future characters, or even offer a simple hello. These are the moments I treasure most of all.

 

Vivienne recommends:

Oh, there are so many great authors I love… I know the book is going to amazing if it’s anything by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, Tessa Dare, Katharine Ashe, Lorraine Heath, Cathy Maxwell, Janna MacGregor, Lisa Kleypas, Sophie Barnes, Sophie Jordan, Kelly Bowen, Julie Ann Long, Kristan Higgins, Candis Terry, Jill Shalvis… just to name a few

(Bobbi here ~ I’m going to pick a couple lesser known names off the list and link to them.)  ;o)

 

Janna MacGregor  –     www.laurenrico.com   –   @Amazon

Lauren writes sweet contemporary romances and steamy erotic thrillers. However you like your books, Lauren has a heat level for you.

 

Kelly Bowen  –   www.kellybowen.net   –   @Amazon

Jennifer is all about the family saga, and her Harrisons’ books deliver great romance with all the feels.

 

Candis Terry  –    www.candisterry.com   –   @Amazon

Gail has the military hero down like no other. If you want a sexy alpha in uniform, she’s your girl.

 


USA TODAY bestselling author Vivienne Lorret transforms copious amounts of tea into words. She is an Avon author of the Wallflower Wedding series, the Rakes of Fallow Hall series, the Season’s Original series, and the Misadventures in Matchmaking series.

For more on her upcoming novels, sign up for her newsletter at www.vivlorret.net

 

 

Buy Vivienne’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 17 – Kristan Higgins

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 Kristan Higgins is doing the Q&A and Mimi Milan is on the page.

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? 

It beats coal-mining (most days). I write because I’m fascinated by people and their inner demons, their choices, their justifications. Everyone has a great story somewhere in their lives, and I love hearing them. Growing up, I was the quiet kid in the corner, listening to the adults talking and kvetching, and I loved it. That’s never changed (except for the quiet part).

 

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

Well…I could say a couple of things: motherhood, writing books…because those take guts (especially the first one). But probably the bravest thing is simply trying to live an honorable life, day after day. It’s easy to complain, gossip, be a mean girl and give in to those petty demons. As a person, and especially as a mom, I want to be a good example, to have my kids say they could always count on me to do the right thing or be a kind person. And that’s tough, because it’s never-ending. Some days I fail, but I think and hope most days, I do pretty well. I try my hardest, and that’s all anyone can do.

 

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

I love romantic relationships and what they signify to me…it’s not just finding the One; it’s earning the One. And having him or her be worthy of you, too. Plus, I love writing first kiss scenes. There’s something so powerful about that moment when you start on the path to physical intimacy.

 

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

This morning, my daughter and I picked flowers and arranged them in a variety of little vases, then put them all over the house. On the marriage front, my husband pours my coffee every morning, and there’s not a day that I don’t appreciate that. The little things, you know?

 

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

Stop being so hard on yourself. You’re perfectly fine just as you are.

 

Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.

A greyhound can run as fast as a racehorse. They have the largest heart of any dog breed.

 

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

If one character is being really pesky, I write all her scenes (or his scenes) first, then patch them into the story as needed.

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

Well, I saw Hawaii for the first time ever this past summer, so I’d have to say Hawaii. Kauai, to be specific. The flowers! The mountains! The ocean waves!

 

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

As a writer, I’ll never forget the first time someone cried when she met me. It was so heartwarming and special. As a reader, the most special thing was bawling in front of Toni Morrison and having her pat my hand and tell me I was lovely.

 

 

Kristan recommends:

 

Tracey Livesay   –    www.traceylivesay.com   –   @Amazon

(Tracey will be on the page and doing the Q&A on the 28th.)

 

Helen Hoang   –    www.helenhoang.com  –   @Amazon

 

Jonathan Tropper   –    www.jonathantropper.com     –   @Amazon

 


Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 18 novels, which have sold millions of copies and been translated into more than two dozen languages.

Her books have received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Kirkus, The New York Journal of Books, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and Booklist.

The proud descendant of a butcher and a laundress, Kristan lives in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter husband, two long-lashed children, a couple of frisky rescue dogs and an occasionally friendly cat.

 

Buy Kristan’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)