Yes, I started reading Harlequins at the ripe old age of twelve back when there weren't any hot and torrid sex scenes in romance books. Well, at least in Harlequins. But by the time I was sixteen, I was seeking out more substantial novels. Dirty ones. I remember hiding one of those novels written by ANONYMOUS within the cover of a Black Beauty paperback during study hall for fear that the teacher would come around and decide that the material I was reading wasn't appropriate and confiscate the book that I had spent my hard earned allowance money on.
Is it easy to write a romance novel? Sometimes it is and sometimes it isn't. Sometimes the words flow from my brain to the tips of my fingers to the keyboard and sometimes it's like digging stubborn weeds out of the garden. In today's romance market, there is such a wide variety of subgenres that they are no longer just a man meets woman, they have a conflict that leads to love and they live happily ever after. Instead, there are vampires and witches, cops and bad guys, time traveling and world traveling and the conflicts are sometimes as multi-faceted as a fiery gemstone.
I'm no expert at romance, either....because I have a trail of failed relationships strewn behind me like petals tossed in the wind. But even with those failures, I still believe in love and have a tendency to run head first into the storm.
So why do I write romance? I enjoy creating characters and scenarios and breathing life into them with the use of flowery adjectives and steamy verbs. I have a stockpile of stories that pick at me to be told until I sit down and put my fingers to the keyboard and give them their way. I may never be a NYT bestselling author or create a story fit for Lifetime Movie Network and I may never sell millions of books but I ENJOY my romance storytelling!