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 Minerva Spencer 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?
I began writing because I felt compelled to write. It wasn’t always this way for me. I only started writing in 2013 after I closed my bed and breakfast. Suddenly stories started coming to me one after the other. So I’ve been writing as fast as I can to get them all down on paper!
What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
I had already found a job before the b&b closed but my lovely husband said I should just write for a while and see what happened.
When it comes to jobs I’ve always leaned toward those that provide a somewhat reliable source of income (I must admit the b&b was a bit unpredictable for my taste).
Being an author is not a career I would have voluntarily chosen for myself. Not only is it extremely difficult to break into publishing, but a writer has to put a lot of themselves out in the world of social media for strangers to critique–not just their books. It isn’t the perfect career for an introvert, but then neither was a b&b….
But I love the actual writing part of my job more than anything else I have ever done and I’m glad Mr. Spencer talked me into it.
Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?
I write in several genres but I enjoy writing romance the most because I LOVE the fact they have a happy ending.
Tell us about a romantic moment in your life. (Either romantic love, or romantic sensibility.)
The things I find most romantic are those times when my husband is there to support me when I’m scared or freaking out—like going to get my first root canal (I have dental-phobia). He took time off work to sit in the dentist office and held my foot (how romantic!) the whole time. That’s better than flowers or expensive dinners.
If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?
Enjoy the moment.
Now that I’m 50 I’ve suddenly realized time is whizzing past. But whenever you try and tell a younger person to live each day to the fullest they give you that look: you know the look. So my younger self would probably just listen to my advice, give me that same look, and then ignore me.
Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.
I’ve recently been researching coastal communities in Britain and came upon wreckers. These were people who are believed to have, er, encouraged shipwrecks. Or at least they did nothing to discourage them. Sometimes the salvage from shipwrecks was the main source of income in remote or hard-scrabble areas and people did bad things in pursuit of making a living. I found Bella Bathurst’s two books on shipwrecks fascinating.
How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)
I type really fast. Seriously. I became an uber competent typist just in case law school didn’t pan out. I was a temp back in the days when people still needed secretaries who could type and I tested at 120/wpm with 1 error. Is it sad that I’m so proud of that??
Anyhow, I usually try and write the first 5-10k words of a story and then put it aside until I can come back to it.
If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?
I’d like to hang out in the future–with the last person on earth, whoever that is and whenever that is. I want to find out how everything turns out at the end.
What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?
I have been astonished by the incredible generosity I have encountered since becoming a writer. Complete strangers have done the nicest things for me—Elizabeth Hoyt, Jeffe Kennedy, Madeline Hunter, and Vanessa Kelly are a few people who come to mind. There have been many more. These women just make me hopeful about humankind.
Ohhhh man! It’s so hard to choose!
I think what I am going to do is list 3 debut authors who also write historical romance as they are more likely to be new to readers (because I know almost EVERYONE has read the awesome authors I mentioned above!)
Minerva Spencer is a Canadian transplant who now lives in the mountains of New Mexico. She began writing in 2013 after closing her 8-room bed and breakfast (a subject she will never write about. . . )
Minerva has been a criminal prosecutor, college history professor, and bartender, among many other things.
She currently writes full-time and operates a small poultry rescue on her four-acre hobby farm, where she lives with her wonderful, tolerant husband and many animals.
Learn more: minervaspencer.com
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Authors on The Romance of Reading page:
1 – Jeannie Moon 2 – Lenora Bell
3 – Nancy Herkness 6 – Kimberli A. Bindschatel
7 – Cathy Maxwell 8 – Amelia Grey
9 – Liz Talley 10 – Dylann Crush
13 – Marilyn Brant 14 – Sharla Lovelace
15 – Sally MacKenzie 16 – Regina Kyle
17 – Mimi Milan 20 – Christine Nolfi
21 – Susie Orman Schnall 22 – Caroline Linden
23 – Shirley Hailstock 24 – Talia Surova
27 – Lisa Patton 28 – Tracey Livesay
29 – Danelle Harmon 30 – Minerva Spencer
* 31 – Christina Lauren (modified guest host)