I love contemporary romance. When I was twelve, Nora Roberts’s “Island of Flowers” was the first romance I ever read. It was such a perfect love story, I was forever hooked on romance. More, my heart cried out. I had to have more!
I devoured every traditional Harlequin romance I could get my hands on, but soon it wasn’t enough. My addiction quickly led me from the world of contemporary to the darker worlds of paranormal, suspense and fantasy. I was a reading machine, but even that wasn’t enough. So I began to write what I wanted to read. At the age of fourteen I completed my first book, a horrendous suspense story full of plot holes and a virginal kid’s idea of what sex was supposed to be. Then I wrote a whole series dealing with a werewolf family that I assure you will NEVER see the light of day. After that, an alien abduction story that never had an ending (thank goodness. There were probes involved).
My hopscotching tendencies are evident even now. I’ve published projects ranging from cyberpunk to paranormal, but recently my projects have been returning to their contemporary roots. Instead of external pressures like hiding super powers or skipping through parallel universes, I’m once again falling in love with the internal struggles of two independent people fighting to become a single, harmonious unit. The angst and inner tug-of-war to create a new life together is so deliciously appealing that it’s lured me back to giving it a new–and passionate–voice.
UGLY DUCKLINGS FINISH FIRST, the first book in my small-town contemporary romance series (tentatively entitled Bitterthorn, Texas), is coming out August 5th of this year, with a Christmassy follow-up in A CRAVING FOR COOKIES, one half of Carina Press’s military homecoming holiday duology (the lovely Rebecca Crowley makes up the other half, and according to our editor, our readers need to stock up on their Kleenex ^_^). A BIG thank-you goes out to Angela James, who snapped up UGLY DUCKLINGS after tweeting her desire to get her hands on small-town romances, and to Andrea Kerr, my amazing editor who’s seen me through my futuristic and paranormal phases with her sanity (hopefully) entact. Hang on tight, Andrea–this ride through the seemingly quiet streets of Bitterthorn is just getting started. 😉
My hopscotching journey led me back to the magic of falling in love. My question is, what is it that draws you to the wonderful world of contemporary romance?
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