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. Life is better with A Touch of Romance! xo
2018 RARM Questions:
Why do you write books?
I’ve always had stories in my head. In high school I wrote really bad romantic short stories; they were full of drama and angst, and my classmates loved them. I carried them in a notebook and would loan them out to the girls in lunch. As I look at it, that was the start of both my careers..I was a librarian and a writer. The stories, while less angsty, never left me. In my head, the ideas danced around and I finally had to do something about it. It’s a great privilege to know something I love doing makes people happy.
What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
It’s fairly recent, but in February I had weight loss surgery. I was so very overweight, and I knew I had to make a change. I was in pain, my blood pressure was starting to creep up, and I knew I was on the verge of some serious health problems, and no one was helping me find answers. I had to fire several doctors to get on the right path, but finding the right medical partners was the first step. I was scared about the procedure, and had doubts right up until they put me under anesthesia, but I was more afraid of staying the way I was. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself. I can move again, my anxiety is gone, and I’m happy in my own skin. It’s a lifelong process, but I’m glad I took the step.
Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?
It’s very simple–I believe in the power of love to make our lives better. Romances were there for me during some of the most difficult times in my life, and I know the genre has provided companionship for countless women over generations. I’m honored to be part of the romance tribe. I believe, above all else, that Love Conquers All!
Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.
I’d love to tell you about some classic romantic moment, but mine was a little more out of the box. I started writing my first book during the summer when I was on vacation from school. My kids were young, and didn’t need the one computer we had in the house while they were off for the summer, so I had it all to myself. But when school started in September, I was out of luck. My book, which was so much a part of me, was stalled. My husband had just started a new business, and our budget was tight, so imagine my surprise when I opened one of my Christmas presents and there sat a shiny new laptop. I cried. The kids were told this was my computer (there would be no touching), and it changed everything. I finished my book in a month. (It was never published, but I finished.) My husband’s quiet support meant so much to me. To this day, he’s my biggest cheerleader. I wouldn’t be where I am with my writing without his faith in my dream. That’s romance.
If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?
This is for the writer and the woman…stop doubting yourself. I’ve accomplished a lot in my life, and it hasn’t been because of luck. I work hard and I’m a smart cookie. I’d tell my younger self to have more faith in what she can do.
Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.
A few years ago when I wrote Finding Christmas, I had to do research about amputees because my heroine, Maggie Benson, was a former military pilot who had lost her leg. I had some really fascinating conversations with a prosthetist. This highly trained medical professional taught me about different types of prosthetics, but I also learned about the complex relationships that amputees have with their new limbs and the prosthetists who fit them. I had no idea, and I really admired the care the prosthetist took with each patient.
How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)
I’m lucky, I don’t have that problem. I have ideas, but characters are good about keeping quiet until I’m ready to write about them.
If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?
This is tough, but I’d love to find a cottage on a beach someplace and just enjoy the water and my family. I spent a few days on Shelter Island a few weeks ago, and it was heaven. Shelter Island sits in the Peconic Bay right between the north and south forks at the east end of Long Island. It’s only accessible by ferry, isn’t over populated, and it’s positively serene. I’d love to go there for a month. I’d bring my dogs, a computer, a stack of books and I’d set my own pace for a while.
What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?
This journey has been remarkable, and I don’t think there’s one thing I can pinpoint. At its most basic, romance is about the people. I’ve met some of my closest friends because of my writing and those relationships are among the best things that have ever happened to me.
Lauren writes sweet contemporary romances and steamy erotic thrillers. However you like your books, Lauren has a heat level for you.
Jennifer is all about the family saga, and her Harrisons’ books deliver great romance with all the feels.
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 Jeannie Moon, has always been a romantic.
When she’s not spinning tales of her own, Jeannie works as a school librarian, thankful she has a job that allows her to immerse herself in books and call it work.
The author of sixteen contemporary romances, for Tule Publishing and PenguinRandomHouse, Jeannie is married to her high school sweetheart, has three grown kids, three lovable dogs and is a lifelong resident of Long Island, NY. If she’s more than ten miles away from salt water for any longer than a week, she gets twitchy.
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