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 Lenora Bell 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?
Because I love to tell stories and bring characters alive. Even as a young child I made up stories about my dolls and gave them tragic backstories and happy endings. I was obsessed with Anne of Green Gables. I wanted to be her, and if I couldn’t be her, I wanted to write stories about girls like her.
What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
After college I moved to China to teach English as a Second Language. It was far away from home, and a completely new culture to me with unique challenges. I’m so glad I made the choice to go outside of my comfort zone – it was a wonderful experience. I’m still in contact with several of my former students!
Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?
I believe in love. I believe that love changes people for the better. I want to celebrate love and bring more of it into people’s lives.
Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.
When my husband and I were dating, he asked me what my favorite book was, and I told him Pride and Prejudice. He immediately went out and purchased a copy and he even read some of it aloud to me as he experienced it for the first time. *sigh*
Let it go. Don’t hold on to perfectionism, guilt, fear, and feelings of unworthiness. Don’t try to please everyone. Be true to yourself in all things.
Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.
Everything fascinates me about my historical research! From learning about the first female archeologists, to learning the history of toy stores and children’s literature, to the little details of everyday life in Regency England.
How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)
The next story is always so seductive – but I have to tell myself to keep focused on the task at hand, finish the book I’m on now, and then I can flit off with the other voices in my head.
If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?
As a historical romance novelist it would be immensely helpful to live for a month in Regency England to see the details of everyday life firsthand. I love that BBC TV show “Lost in Austen.” I have to say I’ve fantasized about that happening to me – being suddenly transported into the pages of Pride and Prejudice.
What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?
Every single time a reader tells me that they enjoyed my book, it’s the most beautiful and inspiring feeling in the world!
Lenora Bell is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of historical romances.
A teacher with an MFA in Creative Writing, Lenora has lived and worked on five continents. She currently shares an old farmhouse in the Pacific Northwest with her carpenter husband and two tiger-striped rescue kitties.
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