Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month 2016!
If you’re a new visitor to RARM, I hope you’ll come back every day in August to read all the wonderful pro-romance posts this year. Check out the full calendar here. You can also find links to the last three years’ posts from the boxes in the sidebar, and if you’d like, you can follow RARM on Facebook. Enjoy August!
Stories, Love & Hope
I’ve always loved to tell stories. Even as a young kid I went to sleep making up stories in my head, and almost always they were love stories. Later, as a teenager when I babysat, I entertained my young charges by making up stories that included them as the hero and the heroine. I gave them funny and clever names and characteristics so they knew it was them.
I married when I was still a teenager and dreamed of writing stories of my own one day. However, with four young babies I was more than comfortable putting off this dream. And when you look at my life there were plenty of reasons to do so.
I never did well in school because I’m dyslexic and so I didn’t learn to read until I was in the 5th grade.
I had no college background and am fortunate to have graduated from high school.
Still, I dreamed and talked a lot about writing books and my husband encouraged these dreams.
After there was a death in our family—a cousin I was close to who died of leukemia—I had to accept that life holds no guarantees. It was my husband, Wayne, who took me to the office supply store and helped me choose a typewriter and paper so I could start writing.
This may not sound like the most romantic of dates, but this was love in its purest form, and it was love that I was determined to write about.
Love conquers hate. Love is as necessary as the air we breathe. I made it my goal, from the first book I wrote, to make sure love was an integral part of each book. My stories aren’t going to change the world; that isn’t my goal as an author.
It’s to entertain, uplift, encourage and inspire hope. And I’m proud to be given the opportunity to do so.
(See Rachel’s RARM 2016 post here.)
Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
A couple of years ago my husband and I purchased a juke box and filled it with our favorite “oldies but goodies” music. Some nights we’d put on the music, sit and sing along or dance together. Wayne likes the music nice and loud and I’m sure it bleeds out into the neighborhood. It’s romantic and fun to share these special moments with Wayne.
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
This isn’t romance in the most common form, but it is with a male. My dog, Bogie, a Shih Tzu, is the love of my life. Over the years we’ve had any number of dogs and they’ve bonded with one of the kids or to my husband. Bogie, however, chose me. His mother died when he was two weeks old and he needed a maternal figure and there I was. He is almost constantly at my side and offers me affection and acceptance. It’s not the traditional love and romance story, but in some ways it’s even better.
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
Because my husband and I have chosen to live in Washington state and Florida, (living near each of the United States coasts) I would be inclined to say the most romantic sound to me is that of the surf. There is a comfort in being by the water, a familiarity that draws me in. There is nothing quite like the feel of sand under my feet, being buffeted by the wind and listening to the roar of the waves as they roll onto the beach.
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
My favorite romantic couple is my parents, who have been gone for over a decade now. They married during WWII and were together for over 60 years. My mother traveled by train from Yakima, WA to Macon, GA to marry my dad before he shipped overseas. He was gone three years, during which time he was captured and held as a POW until the end of the war. Theirs is a beautiful story of love, devotion and partnership.
Tell us about your dream date.
My dream date is sitting at home in front of the fireplace, nestled close to my husband’s side while we share a glass of exquisite French wine. It’s snowing outside and each of us would be reading a book while Bogie is sitting at my side with his head propped against my thigh.
Debbie is generously giving away an autographed copy of SWEET TOMORROWS and THE WORLD OF DEBBIE MACOMBER: Come Home to Color (adult coloring book) plus a set of pencils or pens – one set each to three lucky US readers (apologies to US 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 31, 2016. Good luck!
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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 950 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Ten of these novels hit the number one spot.
A devoted grandmother, Debbie and her husband Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington (the town in which her Cedar Cove novels are based) and winter in Florida.
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