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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 – the first one listed on the calendar – will be hosting the page each day in August. Today L. Penelope will also be on the page.)
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L. Penelope – The Magic of New Worlds
I truly believe that love is magic, that’s one reason I read and write romance. What makes two people fall in love? An unknowable chemical reaction based on biological factors? Proximity, mutual admiration, and respect? Whatever formula you come up with, something is guaranteed to be missing, and I think that ingredient is magic.
As romance writers, we try to recreate the feeling of falling in love on the page. Readers are looking for that emotional hit, a spark of magic that reminds them of (or introduces them to) what it feels like to be swept off your feet and struggle for someone you care about. The fact that you can have these experiences over and over again without cheating on your partner or getting your heart broken, and all from the comfort of your own home, is also a part of the magic.
I fell in love with books at a very young age because of their power to take me places in my mind that I could never visit in real life. Moving past boundaries and overcoming limitations were things that constantly happened in fiction, and one of the reasons why studies show that reading fiction promotes empathy. But there are other positive results. Not only can authors introduce you to new worlds and people in literature and help you identify with a view other than your own by seeing through a character’s eyes, communities are often built around reading itself. I’ve witnessed strangers bond over their mutual love for certain authors, books, series, and characters. Lifelong friendships can be created because of fictional people. Recommend a book to someone, and if they love it, they’ll never forget you.
So whatever the mysterious components of attraction, whether romantic or platonic, book lovers can recognize them and experience them again and again between the pages of our favorite stories. We gather together to discuss our favorites and fangirl over authors we can’t get enough of. Communities and relationships both inside and outside of books. Isn’t that its own kind of magic?
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L. Penelope recommends:
Steamy & diverse paranormal romance
Witty contemporary romance
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2019 RARM Questions:
Tell us about a time in your life that felt magical to you.
I studied film in college and the summer before my senior year I was accepted into a program for film students to work at the Cannes Film Festival. It was amazing to get the chance to go to such a world renowned event packed with celebrities, but my best moment by far was when I managed to get into a party held by my favorite indie film director. It was one of the scariest things I’d ever done, but I walked up and introduced myself to him and told him how inspiring he’d been to me. As an extremely shy person, pushing myself that far out of my comfort zone was terrifying and invigorating and actually felt a bit magical. I don’t really know what pushed me forward that night, probably the fact that it was a once in a lifetime chance, but doing things that frighten you, and coming out on the other side more confident and stronger is real life magic.
Tell us about a book that was magical for you.
Wild Seed ( @Amazon ) was the first novel by Octavia Butler that I ever read. It’s the story of two immortals, one a shapeshifter and the other a body-stealer, locked in a conflict that spans centuries. The novel is full of history and magic and is still my favorite book by her. But aside from discovering a beloved story, I also discovered a Black woman writing speculative fiction and it unlocked something within me. It was the spark of the flame that convinced me it was possible to write my strange stories and find someone interested in reading them.
Tell us about a “magical moment” in your writing or your career?
About a year after I first self-published, I was contacted by an editor at St. Martin’s Press who’d read the books I’d put out. I pitched her my next series and awaited a response. The magical moment was the day when, just as I was preparing to send my manuscript—book 3 in the fantasy romance series—to my freelance copy editor, I received the email with the St. Martin’s Press editor’s offer to re-publish that series and bring it to a wider audience. It was nothing that I had expected or thought possible, which made it all the more magical.
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’ve always been drawn to fantastical or magical storytelling because reading and writing are such wonderful escapes from the mundane. Both magic and storytelling are ingrained parts of human history—all cultures around the world used mythology and folktales with magical elements—so it’s literally a part of who we are. It feels very natural to me to echo these ideas in my writing.
Creativity is a kind of magical experience. What inspires you, keeps you going, helps you when you lose focus, etc.?
Great work is always inspiring to me. When I lose focus or feel stuck, I generally need to “fill the well” and consume something, whether a great book, movie, music, or TV show, that will kick-start my creativity again. Taking a brief break always gets my subconscious working on the problem that’s got me stuck, and I’m ready to move forward again.
DRAWING – L. Penelope is hosting The Romance of Reading page, and her giveaways will take place there.
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L. Penelope is an award-winning fantasy romance author. Equally left and right-brained, she studied filmmaking and computer science in college and sometimes dreams in HTML. She lives in Maryland with her husband and furry dependents.
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