As you all know, I wasn’t a devout romance fan all my life, but I owe me persistent curiosity to the genre because there have always been a MILLION romance novels in the house because of one lady: My Mom! I decided to interview her about her love of this genre, force her to take a picture (isn’t she the prettiest?), and have a chat with the authors books she gets to read before everyone else does (I share my ARCs with her).
1. What made you start reading romance? I was walking home from school when I was in the fourth grade and there was a book in the street. I picked it up to see if it belonged to anyone I knew, but there was no name in the cover. Because it was a thin, little book I read it. It was a Harlequin Romance and I’ve been a romance reader ever since. I think back now and am thankful it was that book. If it hadn’t been, I would have learned too much, too early and really fast!
2. Do you remember one of your earlier favorite books? That first book was Meet on My Ground. I kept it forever and then one day I went to re-read it when I was in college and I couldn’t find it! One of these days I’m going to see if I can find a copy of it. It’s old…
3. What is your favorite type of romance story? I’m more into the traditional story lines with a twist. I think I’m too “concrete” to understand some of the futuristic stories and too “scaredy cat” for some of the paranormal ones. I can enjoy those books if they have a hint of paranormal, etc. As you know – put a baby in the story line and I’m yours. I’m old-fashioned, so the baby can’t be either of theirs (unless they did it for humanitarian reasons and something happened to the other person) or the baby can be both of theirs for whatever reason. The story line has to be strong to justify bringing those two together to make a family for the baby. I don’t care, as long as they love each other and baby makes three.
4. What do you look for in a heroine? Do you like her to be similar to you, or do you want someone completely different? I like my heroine to be smart, nice, independent and ordinary looking, but not know that she’s beautiful. Then the smart, confident, gotta be wealthy hunk brings out the best in her and she brings out the humanness in him. Or, I like my heroine to be a little ditzy, but she’s really smart in a klutzy way and she helps “Mr. High and Mighty”, straitlaced, nerdy hunk appreciate life. By the way, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
5. Are you more of an alpha male kind of a hero – or do you like a tortured soul looking for redemption (I suppose those two can go hand in hand, but you get the idea)? As you can tell from my earlier answer I like both and I think they do go hand in hand. I won’t my “hero” to appear to have it all, but flawed enough to know (when brought to his attention by the heroine) that material things are nothing without family and friends. I don’t want them to be so flawed that they can only be fixed in the pages of a romance novel either! I like them to be likeable and normal.
6. OK, so this is probably going to be weird, but we can’t talk about romance novels without talking about sex scenes! Don’t you find them to be a little bit awkward? Or am I just a romance reader newbie? Sometimes I think the scenes are too much info, but for the most part I like them J. I find it awkward when I think about my daughter reading the same books that her grandmother is reading! As I mentioned before, I’m happy my first romance book was innocent. That goes to show you how old that book is.
7. Where do you buy books? And do reviews sway what you buy? I buy books everywhere! Garage sales, department stores, grocery stores, on-line, library sales, always at the airport and I borrow from train station exchanges, friends and relatives. Reviews will make me read a book, but I’ve never “not” read a book if it captures my attention even if it received a bad review. I like to make my own decisions.
8. Word on the street is that you have an idea for a romance novel? Do you have an questions for our lovely published author? Or for their amazing publicist? J First of all I’d like to acknowledge what they’ve done. Because they’ve already answered the questions that have kept me back from making that leap! So… my hat’s off to all of you. Here are a few of the many questions: When do you find the time to write? How do you frame that opening sentence? Do you use an outline or just write? How many times do you change direction while writing or do you go with the original thought? Casababes, feel free to answer these questions in the comments!
To the publicist – Are you my daughter? I’m amazed (not surprised) that you’re doing so much so early! Your father and I are so proud of you! By the way, where’s your book??? Thank you, Mom! I wouldn’t be here without you and Dad and Alex. My book is still tucked away in my head. One day, it will come out J