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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 person on the list – will be hosting the page each day in August.
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Susannah Nix – The Magic of An HEA
FIRST Let me say, CONGRATULATIONS on your RITA, Susannah. – Bobbi
“Everyone needs more wonder in their lives.”
That’s what the heroine of my latest book tells the hero in the middle of a philosophical debate about myths vs. science.
You might think that as an author of contemporary romances about women who work in STEM fields—with nary a hint of the supernatural in sight—I would come down firmly on the side of science. In fact, as much as I am a science-loving skeptic at heart, I am also a big believer in the power of magic.
Make-believe isn’t just for children. Why should we abandon our love of pirates and princes and superheroes and talking animals just because we happen to have aged out of primary school? All those wonders and more can still be ours thanks to the magic of books.
Outside of fantasy and paranormal tales centered around actual, literal magic, I’ve always felt that romance is the most magical of all fiction genres.
Romances expect us to believe that there is a happy ever after
waiting at the end of everyone’s rainbow. They’re built on hope, optimism,
redemption, and a healthy dose of coincidence. They demand the suspension of
disbelief as they usher us into a world where everyone is deserving of love,
people are usually better than they may initially seem, and there is a perfect
match out there for everyone.
If that’s not magical, I don’t know what is. And in a
world that too often fails to live up to our expectations, couldn’t we all use
a little more wonder in our lives?
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2019 RARM Questions:
Tell us about a time in your life that felt magical to you.
I was twelve the first time I ever visited New Orleans, and I felt like I’d stepped into a storybook. For one thing, my mother and I took a train there, just like Murder on the Orient Express (without the murder, fortunately). I hadn’t really appreciated what a new country America is before that. I’d never seen anything like the architecture, history, and culture on display in the French Quarter. That whole trip was a truly magical experience I never wanted to end.
Tell us about a book that was magical for you.
You know that feeling where you want to crawl inside a book and wrap it around yourself like a warm blanket? I still get that every time I read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, and I’ve read it approximately once a year for the last twenty years.
Tell us about a “magical moment” in your writing or your career?
So much of writing is a solitary activity that feels like it happens in a vacuum. When you publish your first book you never know if anyone’s going to read it. Even if you get some sales, it’s impossible to know if people are actually connecting with the story. So the first time I stumbled across a spontaneous recommendation for one of my books from a stranger in a Facebook group, it was like this magical lightning bolt moment. Someone who didn’t even know me had not only bought my book, but loved it enough to recommend it to other people! That was when it finally hit me that I was a “real” writer.
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 don’t really believe in soulmates per se, but a key aspect of all the HEAs I write is finding someone who is a perfect match. It’s not just about attraction or chemistry or love—there’s always got to be a deeper bond of compatibility. True love to me is finding that person who compliments your personality and brings out the best in you. Someone whose weaknesses are your strengths and whose strengths are your weaknesses. Two distinct halves that make a stronger whole.
Creativity is a kind of magical experience. What inspires you, keeps you going, helps you when you lose focus, etc.?
Reading. Whenever I’m feeling stumped, it always helps to go back and read one of my favorite books. It challenges me too. Reading the words of a gifted author makes me want to work my ass off and keep trying until I’m just as good.
DRAWING – Susannah is generously giving away an an ebook boxed set of the first three Chemistry Lessons books. To enter, leave a comment below telling us about a magical moment in your life. Open to anyone who can accept an Amazon gift.
Entries close on 8/11/19 at 11:59pm (US) Eastern.
All commenters will also be entered to win a bundle of books from the Week 1 participating authors. Must comment by 8/14/19 11:59pm Eastern.
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Susannah Nix is a RITA-nominated author of contemporary romance who resides in Texas with her husband, two ornery cats, and a flatulent pit bull. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, cooking, knitting, watching stupid amounts of television, and getting distracted by Tumblr. She is also a powerlifter who can deadlift as much as Captain America weighs.
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