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 Amelia Grey 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 think the main reason I write is because I love to read. I love to read people’s stories. I’m interested in their lives and it entertains me. I enjoy biographies of current people and historical figures. I read contemporary and historical romances and inspirational books. I’ve often said romance books are my favorite books to read—because I want a happy ending. That’s also why I write them. I absolutely enjoy making up my characters, bringing them to life and writing what I consider delightfully clever, sexy Regency romances.
What do you consider to be the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
Though I didn’t know it at the time, it has to be that I had children. To bring a baby into the world knowing you are responsible for seeing him or her through infancy, to toddler, to youth, to teenager and on to adulthood is truly an awesome challenge. Now that my children are grown, happy, and well-adjusted people I look back on the task that was at hand when they were born and think: I was a brave young lady to tackle parenthood and I did a darn good job.
Tell us why you write romances or include strong romantic elements in your books?
I am a girly kind of girl and I love all things romantic. I enjoy wearing pearls, having dinner by candlelight, taking long walks on the beach, and holding my husband’s hand while we watch television. I want to read and write about a strong, handsome gentleman. A man whose code of honor is more important than his life. A man who, no matter the situation, treats a woman like a lady and makes her feel beautiful, desired, treasured, and equal.
If you could tell your younger self anything (either as a writer or as a woman) what would it be?
To be stronger in all things. To be more confident when talking to others. To be kinder to the less fortunate. To have a more adventurous spirit, and to worry less and enjoy more.
Tell us something you uncovered in research that fascinated you.
Researching fossilized Megalosaurus eggs and dinosaur bones was certainly interesting and an entertaining addition to writing my current release, It’s All About the Duke. This was the perfect book to have a minor character who was a studious artifact and fossil collector that had obtained dinosaur eggs. I had to use the name Megalosaurus in the story because the word dinosaur wasn’t a scientifically acceptable name or in use until the 1830s. The Royal Society first thought the giant reptile bones to be from Roman military elephants.
How do you handle the voices in your head competing for their story to be written? (Thanks Eileen!)
I write a lot of notes to myself. When characters or scenes come to mind I do my best to immediately write them down. I don’t trust my memory. I have a pen and pad wherever I go. I love when a character takes over as did Mrs. Justine Abernathy in It’s All About the Duke. She is Marlena’s cousin and chaperone, and my favorite minor character in the book. I enjoyed making her personality larger than life and over the top. She’s an older widow who thinks Rath, the hero in It’s All About the Duke, has designs on her. She goes to great lengths to impress him and spend time with him. All for naught, of course, because Rath only has eyes for Marlena.
If you could live for a month somewhere (either in the present or past) where (and when, if applicable) would it be? Why?
Oh, I would live in the Regency time period for a month. Not any longer though because I enjoy the daily comforts we have now. But I would love to spend a night or two at a grand ball where candlelight glittered, gentlemen bowed and ladies in beaded gowns dropped handkerchiefs to get a man’s attention. I’d enjoy a carriage ride in Hyde Park in the late afternoon and stroll through the hustle and bustle of a busy London street, looking for the secrets and mysteries that are hidden there. I’d want to see the famed English countryside with its green, gently rolling hills dotted with stately manor homes surrounded by fabulous gardens that go on forever with vistas, waterfalls, and neatly trimmed yew.
What is (one of) the most remarkable/inspiring things that has happened to you as a reader or writer?
That would be when I held my first published book in my hands. My editor had sent me a copy hot off the presses. Until the moment I held my first copy I always thought I’d be happy if I could just publish one book. Just one, but holding and looking at that book made me want to publish more and more and more. One would not be enough. And now, with over thirty books in print, I still want to publish more.
Amanda Quick – jayneannkrentz.com – @Amazon
I enjoy Amanda Quick’s books tremendously. She wrote one of my favorite scenes of all time. I have always been especially drawn to her dialogue. It’s witty, rapid, and gets me right into the middle of the story. I love that her pace is fast but she never cheats on the details. She gives a reader everything they want for a satisfying read. Her heroines are always independent, clever and fun. She knows how to match them with the perfect hero. You’ll find her under
Mary Balogh – marybalogh.com – @Amazon
Mary Balogh was probably the second author who landed on my keeper shelf. The characters in her books come alive for me and I see and hear them clearly. Their emotions become mine. I feel as if I’m right there on the settee with them or walking beside them in the park. Her narrative never drags or seems unimportant to the story. I greatly admire her talent for telling a story. You’ll find her: https://marybalogh.com/
Kathleen Woodiwiss – @Amazon
I’ll add Kathleen Woodiwiss because she introduced me to historical romances and made me want to search out others to read. Her books brought a whole new time period to life for me and gave me the desire to want to read history and look for my own romantic stories to tell from within the pages of the past. Her books can be found at amazon.com.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books Amelia Grey read her first romance when she was thirteen. She’s been a devoted reader of love stories ever since.
Amelia has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over thirty-five years and she lives on the beautiful gulf coast of Northwest Florida.
She is a two-time winner of the prestigious Booksellers Best Award, and she has also won the Aspen Gold, and Golden Quill awards. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner, she won the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter and the Maggie Award. Amelia’s books have been published in Europe, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and Japan. Several of her books have been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs.
Coming late summer of 2019 Amelia starts a new series, Wickedly Wonderful Widows with the first book of the trilogy, The Earl Next Door.
You can email Amelia at Ameliagreyauthor@gmail.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 – TBA
17 – TBA 20 – Christine Nolfi
21 – Susie Orman Schnall 22 – Caroline Linden
(more to come…)