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A quick word from Bobbi Dumas, your host.
Hi everyone! Welcome to Read-A-Romance Month. You can find out more about this fun, month long event here. And check out all the great authors taking part this year on the calendar, here.
The theme this year is The Romance Of Reading, The Magic Of Books and we have an awesome assortment of writers – both romance and mainstream fiction authors – sharing about books, reading, romance & magic. I hope you’ll visit everyday.
(Also, be sure to check in to The Romance Of Reading FB page, where one of the RARM authors will be hosting the page each day in August.)
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Dylann Crush – The Magic Of A Thousand Lives
I love the theme for Read-A-Romance Month this year—the Magic of Books. Books are absolutely, one-hundred-percent magical and I’d be willing to go ten rounds in a no-holds-barred cage match with anyone who wants to challenge that statement. (Unless they’re bigger and stronger and meaner than me and then maybe we could resort to a GIF battle or something.)
I believe it was George R.R. Martin who said it best…
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”
I’ve traveled around the world, visited imaginary universes, danced with dukes, bandaged soldiers in world wars, captained a pirate ship, swam with mermaids, ridden a dragon, solved crimes, lived on a space ship, killed many enemies, suffered through multiple awkward blind dates, tumbled through time, and fallen in love over and over and over again thanks to the magic of books.
More than any other form of media, books empower readers to put themselves in the cowboy boots or glass slippers or flip-flops or gladiator sandals or peep-toe pumps of the heroes and heroines they read about. Readers get to feel everything firsthand, to experience the same emotional highs and lows as their favorite protagonists, all while never having to leave the comfort of home.
I do believe I’ve lived at least a thousand lives through the pages of the books I’ve read. And it makes my heart happy to know that I have some part in creating the worlds other readers can experience and maybe even come to love through the books I write.
So who’s up for that cage match? If you want to challenge me you’ll have to go through the giant, three-headed, twelve-handed, spike-tailed, sharp-toothed monster I just created on paper. No takers? I knew you’d see it my way! Now go, live a thousand lives between the pages of a book while I try to figure out how to write my new bodyguard into my next cowboy romance…
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2019 RARM Questions:
Tell us about a time in your life that felt magical to you.
One experience that comes to mind is the first time I traveled “up north” in Minnesota. I grew up in Texas, then moved to Kansas City for a bit, then fell in love and reluctantly followed my new hubby to his job in the frozen tundra of the Twin Cities.
It took me about twelve years of living in Minnesota before I traveled north of Minneapolis/St. Paul and even then, it was only the promise of a girls’ weekend with no timeline, no kids and plenty of wine that prompted me to make the trip. The first night we were there we went out on my friend’s boat. The sky was so clear we were able to see millions of stars. I could track satellites as they crossed the sky and lost count of all of the shooting stars. But the highlight was getting to see the Northern Lights. I get goosebumps even thinking about it. Now I go “up north” all the time, but have yet to see the dancing lights again.
Tell us about a book that was magical for you.
One of my favorite books of all time is Where the Sidewalk Ends. I used to memorize the poems and recite them to my little brother and sister when I was a kid. The magical way Shel Silverstein could string words together that sounded playful, even silly, while at the same time conveying such significant themes, has always inspired me. Reading his poems is like visiting an old friend.
Tell us about a “magical moment” in your writing or your career?
I think the most magical moment of my career (so far) was seeing my book listed in the online catalog of my local library. When I was a kid, the library was my favorite place to spend time. As I grew older, that didn’t change. Even in college, I preferred doing my homework in a study carrel at the massive library on campus where I could hide out among shelves and shelves of books. So seeing my book available in the public library system, with multiple copies even, has been a major highlight.
For writers who use magical aspects in their books, what attracts you to those elements? For those of you who don’t, are there specific themes or elements you’re attracted to and find yourself going back to? Why do these resonate with you?
I haven’t included magical elements in any of my books…yet. The Lovebird Café series does revolve around a legend though…that couples who meet and fall in love at the Lovebird will stay together forever. Hopefully one of these days I’ll get around to writing a series that does incorporate some magic. I have a few ideas but haven’t had the time yet.
One theme I’m hopelessly attracted to as it relates to romance is perseverance. My heroines aren’t afraid to go after what they want, even if it means they might fail and have to pick themselves up and try again. And again. And again.
Creativity is a kind of magical experience. What inspires you, keeps you going, helps you when you lose focus, etc.?
Inspiration is everywhere if you look for it. I think having that awareness has transformed the way I see the world. Every time I leave the house, interact with a stranger, overhear a snippet of conversation, immerse myself in nature, or sit down and people watch, I feel like I’m filling my creative well.
Those experiences play into my books. Sweet Tea & Second Chances was inspired by a Carrie Underwood song I heard on the radio. The setting for All-American Cowboy came about from an overnight girls’ trip I got to take with my sister. One of my manuscripts that hasn’t been published yet was inspired by the time I sat at the airport for hours on end due to tropical storms pounding the Florida coast.
Drawing – Dylann is generously giving away an e-copy of Sweet Tea & Second Chances (open to anyone who can receive an ebook.)
To enter, leave a comment below. Open until Sept 3 , 2019 11:59 PM EST.
However, all comments will also be entered to win a bundle of books from the Week 4 participating authors. You may enter by commenting on this original blog post and/or on the Read-A-Romance Month Facebook page post, here.
Each first unique comment at each space offers an extra chance to win, so check in with each author. Must comment by 9/05/19 11:59pm Eastern to enter.
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Dylann Crush writes contemporary romance with sizzle and sass. A romantic at heart, she loves her heroines spunky and her heroes super sexy. When she’s not dreaming up steamy storylines, she can be found sipping a margarita and searching for the best Tex-Mex food in the upper Midwest.
Although she grew up in Texas, she currently lives in a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul with her unflappable husband, three energetic kids, a clumsy Great Dane, a lovable rescue mutt, and a very chill cat. She loves to connect with readers, other authors and fans of tequila.
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