by Danielle Jackson
I’m going to make a confession right here on this blog—before I worked with romance authors, I never read romance books. EVER. I’m not even joking.
Ok, actually I am joking (in the tiniest of ways). My mother, a lovely woman and quite possibly my favorite person on the PLANET, is OBSESSED with romance. Mainly contemporary, but she’s got quite a few historicals on her overflowing bookshelf. Little does she know, ever since I was about 12-years-old, I’ve been secretly stealing them and reading the saucy bits. So for all of the times I made fun of walking into her room while she was tearing up over a happy ending, I suppose I should bite my tongue and stop because I was more than likely doing the same.
I’m a reader—I read all the time and I am thrilled to have a job in publishing. And for the longest time, I read just about anything (all types of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, critiques, you name it, I read it), but I steered clear of romance. Maybe it was the high brow taste I acquired in AP English in high school and at college as an English major. Maybe it was the half naked people on the covers… I don’t know.
BUT what I do know is now that I’m working with you lovely ladies, I’m interested in romance like you wouldn’t believe. I’m making my way through all of your books and I am seriously impressed! I know I’m a little biased, but I think through this blog and our emails, I’ve gotten to know you all as people, not just authors, and that’s important for a reader. There have been some posts about writer/reader relationships, and I’m glad that I get to reach you in a way that most people don’t, and I get to see your process in creativity and how much effort you put into everything. I pay attention to other authors now, too (not just for fun, but for market research, too, hahahaha)!
My question for you this week—what made you want to write romance? Were you an avid reader beforehand, or did you just happen upon it?