Welcome to Romance Week!
Today I have the wonderful Genevieve Graham and Chrystal @ Snowdrop Dreams of Books has the equally amazing Maria V Snyder!
I love to write. I really, really do. When my wonderful agent, Jacques de Spoelberch, told me he believed in my writing, then sold my books to Berkley, in particular to the brilliant Wendy McCurdy, Executive Editor, it was a dream come true.
I have embarked on a journey I never expected to take, having my book published. I never planned to be an author in the first place, but Fate has a way of stepping in. I'm so glad She did.
"Under the Same Sky" came from a desire - no, a need to read real historical adventure when I'd exhausted the books my favourite authors had created (and I read them all many times!). The characters come to life in my head, take me places I never imagined, teach me every day. They're not all my best friends, but they are all amazing to me simply because they exist.
It's kind of funny, writing books. The best stories come from somewhere you've never been, and yet you are the expert. You write words that come to you when you're not thinking, and you make them into something that takes other people away. I love the magic in that.
Hardest Thing to Write In A Romance Novel
By Genevieve Graham
I have an admission to make. I’m not a romance author. Or rather … I never intended to be a romance author. I wanted to write adventures, so that’s what I did.
Of course the biggest adventure of all is love, or seeking it, or keeping it, or whatever. So romance is always there in my stories, the powerful underlying theme, but that wasn’t my initial intent when I wrote the books. I mean, I knew my stories were about love. But romance?
But readers say I write Romance, and they’d know best. And Penguin says it’s Romance, and they’d definitely know. So, since we all seem to be happy about that for one reason or another, I’m just going to keep on doing what I’ve been doing. Adventure ... romance ... whatever! As long as you’re enjoying the stories, I’m happy!
As a side note, my idol, Diana Gabaldon, keeps being invited to the Romance Writers of America conferences, and is constantly lauded for her amazing Historical Romances. She flatly denies writing romance. So I’m in good company!
There are different kinds of romance, obviously. There are historical romances, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, erotica … and within each of those there are tons of subgenres. What do they all have in common? A love story of some kind.
I don’t think it’s difficult to write romance. If you are passionate about writing, you can feel the passion in your characters as you write it, no matter what subgenre it is. For me it doesn’t have to be all about the physical side, though there’s a physicality in how the character feels, if that makes any sense. I love to build tension between characters—especially those destined to be together. When you read my second novel, “Sound of the Heart,” you’ll see what I mean. I love setting up my lead characters, listening to them banter intelligently, even having them fight with each other, then feel the rush as they resolve everything—but only after everyone goes through the impossible. I love weaving their personal stories, making each character just as real and individual as your best friend. I love throwing the worst possible scenarios at them, daring them to survive, cheering for them as they battle back and find each other. To me it’s all about the struggle and the unquenchable need for that other person.
What’s the hardest thing about writing romance? Well, for me that’d be sex. I don’t know why. I’ve read so many books of all different genres, and they all include the wildest, most uninhibited sex scenes. Those authors don’t seem the least bit hesitant at waving fantasies around, sharing their innermost secrets with readers. I write more what I’ve been told is called “F.T.B.” (Fade to Black). I like to let the reader imagine it without my having to hand-feed them every grunt or grope.
I guess I’ve discovered I’m somewhat of a prude. And to be honest—and I’m thinking a few of you might not believe this, especially since we’re on a romance book site—I’ve gotten to the point where, when I pick up a book and words jump out at me, like “thrust” or “throbbing” or “swollen member,” I’m done. Not interested.
But romance is so much more than sex, isn’t it? Sex is one of the possible outcomes of romance—and obviously a delicious outcome—but not always the driving force. At least not in my books. Then again, romance is different from love. Romance is the wooing. The yearning. The magic. The way one little thing can set your heart on fire. Maybe it’s a light touch on your waist. Maybe it’s a phone call … just because. Maybe it’s an unexpected treat brought to you from somewhere. Something that says, “I was thinking about you.” That’s romance to me.
I love writing. The whole idea of being a writer is romantic to me. And every time I start a new book I get to fall in love all over again.
Have a wonderfully romantic Valentines Day!
The year is 1746. A young woman from South Carolina and a Scottish Highlander share an intimacy and devotion beyond their understanding. They have had visions of each other their entire lives. And yet they have never met.
Now, with their lives torn asunder, Maggie Johnson and Andrew MacDonnell's quest to find each other is guided only by their dreams— and by the belief in the true love they share.
On the Carolina frontier Maggie Johnson’s family struggles to survive. Maggie’s gift of “the sight” and her visions show her a presence she calls Wolf. She watches him grow from a boy her age to a man even as she goes from child to woman.
Andrew MacDonald has always wondered about the girl he sees in his dreams. He is able to talk to her through their thoughts and vows that even if he must cross an ocean he will find her.
They are thrust into different situations: Andrew fights for the doomed Jacobite cause and Maggie is captured by slavers, then rescued and brought into a kind, loving Native American tribe. They each believe in destiny and the power of the love they have shared forever.
Dougal MacDonnell, a fierce warrior from the Highlands of Scotland, is able to hear the thoughts of other men and dream how the future will unfold. Devastated by the loss of his family during the Battle of Culloden in 1746, he fosters a deep hatred for the English. But when Glenna, the love of his life and a Scottish outlaw, is captured and shipped overseas,
Dougal is forced to join an English army made of vanquished Scots. Now fighting on the side of his sworn enemies, he embarks on a journey that will take him across the seas to the colonies. There he will risk everything for the chance to find his true love.
Coming November 2013 – “SOMEWHERE TO DREAM”
3rd book to the MacDonnell’s series!
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