Love Changes Everything
So there’s almost nothing more exciting when you’re a romance writer than walking into a hotel chockablock full of other romance writers! Finally! Someone who gets that we not only believe in love, but we write about it for a living. When you think about how high-tech our world has become–how full of strife it is, too–it’s amazing that anyone can get away with penning tales about love and how it changes everything.
That’s my tagline, in fact: Love changes everything.
It’s deceptively simple, but it took me two years to come up with it. I needed to believe my tagline…my identity as a writer and a person would be firmly wrapped up in those words. I’ve even used it in several books.
What else but love has the power to transform to such an all-encompassing degree?
I decided that I’d make a video [see below] celebrating those writers who agree with me, so at the National Convention of Romance Writers of America in San Antonio this past summer, I took some “Oprah-style” pictures of my writing buddies. Remember that episode? Oprah learned that the best angle for picture-taking was above the subject? You angle your phone, snap–and voila! Everyone looks like a rock star.
I know that as a romance author, I feel like a rock star because I get to do something for a living that makes people happy. There’s nothing better! I owe a lot to romance, and I plan on celebrating my immersion in this wonderful community as long as I can write these words:
Love changes everything.
Enjoy the video!
Alyssa Alexander’s smart, emotional historical romances totally rock! And I can also highly recommend Kimberly Kincaid’s awesome foodie romances, Robin Covington’s sexy contemporaries, Tracy Brogan’s laugh-out-loud contemporaries and her delicious Scottish medieval historical, Jennifer McQuiston’s fabulous Regencies, and Avery Flynn’s steamy romances. All these authors are super talents!
Questions for the Author:
Describe the most daring, adventurous, or inspiring thing you ever did.
Running with those crazy bulls in Pamplona, Spain!
Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?
I wrote a small book when I was ten and stuck it between the strings of a guitar. I’d walk by occasionally and shake it. Every time I did, I knew that I was going to grow up and be a writer. I’d had freelance writing jobs and was an editor for a couple of years, but I didn’t get really serious about publishing a novel until I hit 40 and realized I wasn’t going to have forever. So when my husband got plucked from his Navy Reserve unit to take an Army position in Afghanistan for an entire year, I decided that I was going to work incredibly hard while he was away to fulfill my dream. It was easy to write about love: I missed my husband so much! And I also had more time…we ate a lot of pizza and I didn’t have to worry about shaving my legs, LOL! I wrote furiously as I was totally committed to getting published, even though I was being both mom and dad to our three children and teaching at the local high school. When I made that true commitment to my stories, it happened–I sold my first book!
Tell us about a book that changed your life.
A book that changed my life was Victoria Holt’s MISTRESS OF MELLYN. After reading that when I was fourteen, I decided that someday I would write a love story with a brooding hero and an oft-overlooked heroine in drab clothes who’d be transformed from an ugly duckling into a swan! Victoria Holt’s settings were so dramatic, too. I fell in love with the idea that they reflected the primal, powerful aspects of our own natures. If we stay connected to who we truly are–as the intuitive, determined heroine Marty does in MISTRESS OF MELLYN–surely everything will turn out for the best! I decided that I’d always write heroines like Marty–women who are fierce and smart beneath whatever facade society demands they assume.
Kieran is generously giving away a fun koozie that says Love Changes Everything plus an autographed print copy of SWEET TALK ME to three U.S. readers (apologies to international friends). Entry below.
USA Today bestselling author Kieran Kramer currently writes fun contemporary romance for St. Martin’s Press. A former CIA employee, journalist, and English teacher, Kieran’s also a game show veteran, karaoke enthusiast, and general adventurer. She lives where she grew up–in the Lowcountry of South Carolina–with her family. Find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and at www.kierankramerbooks.com.
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