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!
How do I love thee, Romance?
Let me count the ways: may I say I love the romance genre for the community? I started writing in the late 70’s, having fallen in love with the historical romance of Kathleen Woodiwiss and others of her time. Knowing nothing of the industry, I believed writing was a lonely profession best done from an attic with cats. Still, I needed to give my brain a conversation a little more stimulating than my two-year old’s. Lacking even so much as a typewriter, I literally put pen to paper and started toying with stories.
I had no idea how to craft or sell the stories I scribbled. Living in the middle of nowhere, with only Kmart and the library for resources, I had to learn with just the help of Writer’s Digest guides. I sold my first book without any clue to the existence of other romance writers, assuming they all lived in garrets, since writing sure didn’t pay the rent.
After I sold my first books, Kathryn Falk called to ask if I knew Leigh Greenwood. I’d never heard of Kathryn Falk, and the only Leigh Greenwood I knew back then was a country music singer. I thought it was a crank call until she explained about the magazine—a romance readers’ magazine! That was my first clue that community existed. Later, Leigh, aka Harold Lowry, became my brainstorming partner—which shows what a small world our community is. Romantic Times became my first window on that world.
Not long after, I read about RWA and asked my editor and new agent about it. They both agreed it was an organization of hysterics, and I shouldn’t bother with them. So it was a few more years before I attended an RWA conference and learned how fantastically generous romance writers and readers are with their time and information. I had finally found my tribe! I guess that makes me an hysteric.
Through RWA, I’ve not only met editors and agents, but fellow struggling authors, and best of all, the romance readers and booksellers who make this lonely business worthwhile. These are the people who have helped me survive everything from the despair of bankrupt publishers to the giddiness of bestseller lists. The breakfasts and banquets have been my baptism by fire into a world I would never have known existed, and the friends I’ve made are closer than family. (Read more about this on The Word Wenches site, when we celebrated our 10th Anniversary : What Being A Word Wench Means To Us )
We’ve shared weddings and funerals, and all the joys and griefs life brings, because we’re as close-knit as a village—with a population that celebrates a love of reading, writing, and romance.
When Novelists Inc. came into being, an organization strictly for multi-published authors, I eagerly joined within months of inception. There, I’ve met the goddesses of romance. They didn’t live in garrets or ride in limos wearing pink boas. They were business people just like me. They taught me how I undervalued myself. They shared marketing tools and led me on book tours that my hapless introverted self would never have undertaken alone. Readers might think these authors are mere names on a cover, but they not only write fabulous books, they are teachers and friends and partners in crime. Without Novelists Inc, I would never have learned about e-publishing, and my sixty-plus backlist books would have languished in my closet.
Which brings me to the present day, with computers expanding the entire community of romance around the world. Do you have any notion of what bliss it is to be able to discuss books on a day-to-day basis with readers sometimes in Italy or Australia? If I’m worried about a cover, I post it on social media and ask the world of readers what they think. And romance readers answer, because they care.
And that’s the key to my love of romance—people who love romance books also care about each other. They are the most thoughtful, helpful people in existence.
And the books are good too.
(I’m looking forward to HERALD OF DAY)
BEAUTY AND THE BIKER, Impossible Dream book #1
Questions for the Author:
Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.
“Romance” can be defined in so many ways! For me, sitting with my husband on the lanai of a cliff-side cabin in St Lucia overlooking the sea, surrounded by tropical jungle, colorful birds pecking at the fruit trees, sipping champagne… That’s better than any romantic movie!
Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance.
All my fellow romance authors and readers. Sorry, I can’t limit this to just one. We’ve created a world of love that hopefully makes all our lives better.
Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?
I’ve already listed St Lucia. Can I list our cottage here on the Southern California coast where after decades of working toward this moment, we’ve finally found our bliss?
Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?
Whichever one I’m watching at the moment? The one with the hunkiest guy? I mean, who can resist Pierce Brosnan in Remington Steele, if you date back that far? Are there any TV shows with that kind of romance these days?
Tell us about your dream date.
Any date with my husband will be awesome because we click so well. If you mean circumstances, then a lovely dinner overlooking the ocean (do you see a theme here?) with good music, good company, and dancing. I’m easy!
Patricia Rice is generously giving away 3 e-copies of MAGIC IN THE STARS to US readers and 2 copies to international readers.
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 24, 2016. ***International friends, be sure to include your country in your comment so we know to include you in the international drawing. Good luck!
(*You don’t have to like the FB page, but we do recommend it. It’s easier to contact you if you win. Also consider joining the Read-A-Romance Book Club page, where we discuss romance of all kinds and will have drawings and events throughout the year.)
With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today’s bestseller lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice is one of romance’s hottest authors. Her emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances have won numerous awards, including the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice and Career Achievement Awards. Her books have been honored as Romance Writers of America RITA® finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories.
A firm believer in happily-ever-after, Patricia Rice is married to her high school sweetheart and has two children. A native of Kentucky and New York, a past resident of North Carolina and Missouri, she currently resides in Southern California, and now does accounting only for herself. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Authors Guild, Novelists, Inc. and BVC Publishing Cooperative.
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