To every thing there is a season…
No event celebrates romance more than a wedding—and I have three coming up! Two nieces, and—drumroll please—my older son are about to say “I do.” I admit to a quick jolt of shock at the news of each engagement. Wasn’t it just last week we were pointing out Easter eggs (in plain sight) as they toddled about with their big pink and blue baskets? I’m sure it was only yesterday that I cried as my kindergartener entered his classroom (I remember his striped shirt and dark blue shorts) on the first day of school.
But they’ve grown up, these wonderful young people, and have picked fabulous partners who will greet them with joy as they meet at the end of the aisle on their big day.
We’ve only just begun…
That song has been playing in my head for months. I hum it, I sing it, I feel that sense of wonder at all that lies ahead for these young couples in my heart. That’s what romance (at any age!) provides, the joy of a hand to hold on the journey, a person with whom to share the tears and laughter that accompany any life. On the days that I witness these new marriages, as the couples make solemn promises to each other, I will be so happy that they have found that shoulder to cry on and to rub against in the coming years.
I realize now, that becoming a couple means enlarging a family. I’m not talking about the children that may or may not be in their futures. I’m talking about another chair at the Thanksgiving table, another person on the Christmas list (and I love Christmas and buying presents!), another important presence in my mind and in my heart. Thank you, romance, for extending my own circle of love.
Multiply life by the power of two…
That’s what I’ll be celebrating as the sun sets on three wedding days. Romance brings a couple together, and as they pledge to a partnership with each other I know that their happiness and sense of living life will be multiplied from that moment on.
I love that Etta James song. It echoes how I felt on my wedding day—my heart was filled with longing, joy, and peace. Romance novels capture such emotions and I celebrate them too! How wonderful to experience all that in the pages of a book. I’ll be soaking up all those feelings on three wedding days so I can use them in my next love stories.
I’m a big fan of contemporary romance author Barbara Freethy and love Monica McCarty’s historical romances. Lark O’Neal writes New Adult stories that hit my sweet spot! (aka Barbara O’Neal ~ Bobbi) :o)
Questions for the Author:
Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did.
I walked into a meeting of my local chapter of Romance Writers of America without knowing a soul or what to expect. I just knew that I wanted to write romances. As one who’d rather be nose-in-book, putting myself out there was the hardest thing I’ve ever done!
Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?)
I always wanted to be a writer and a romance writer from early on. At about nine years old I was writing love stories. But it wasn’t until I was a young mother that I actually thought it was something I could do as a job. One of my best friends from high school visited from out of town and challenged me to “do the thing you’ve always wanted to do.” I love to tell this story because then she went on to become the first female governor of Michigan. We weren’t going to let anything stop us!
Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)
It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I was writing short category romances at the time and I suddenly saw how I could write something bigger. That book was funny, fun, sexy, and touching and I saw a path open up ahead of me upon reading it. (SEP wrote a lovely RARM piece last year. You can read it here.)
USA Today bestseller Christie Ridgway has written over forty contemporary romances. She’s a six-time RITA finalist and Romantic Times has twice given her the Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Contemporary Romance. She writes sexy stories designed to make you smile and cry. Her Rock Royalty series, about the grown-up children of the most famous band in the world discovering true love after a childhood steeped in sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, has kicked off with Light My Fire. The next in the series, Love Her Madly, will be published September 25, 2014.
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