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When someone finds out you’re an author, how do you handle the statement, “I have a story you should write”?
I’ve had several people approach me, mainly family and friends. My mother wants me to write her memoirs. A cousin thinks I should try my hand at fantasy fiction. A friend suggests I dabble in mysteries and thrillers. My answer is always this: “I’m sorry, but my voice isn’t right for any of those genres. My heart is in historical romance.” And then in response, the friend or family member throws out different time periods or historical events I should try. Those suggestions I do sometimes listen to 🙂
Do you write what you read?
Guilty! However, I am not a singular reader. A majority of my reading is taken up by historical romance novels, but I love to read so many other types of books! History books are a given. Especially anything about the Regency and Victorian periods, Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Europe through the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and (my new favorite) Vikings!
I also adore the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, seek out Dan Brown, love Elizabeth Kostova, admire Khaled Hosseini, and can’t get enough of Michelle Moran. There are so many other terrific contemporary writers I love to read, but my long list might begin to bore. This is simply a shorthand of my favorites.
And I’ll finish this question off by saying the classics have a very, very special place in my heart. Alexandre Dumas, Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, George Sands, Nathaniel Hawthorne, George Orwell, Homer, Oscar Wilde, Dante, and Geoffrey Chaucer are but a few of the brightest stars in classic literature who have shaped my life. Not just as a writer, but as a person.
People often mistake the lifestyle of a writer as glamorous. Give us the scoop. What about your lifestyle would shock your readers?
Not much, really. My life is far from glamorous, but I’d say my life isn’t shocking. I am an average person living a typical life where my family is very important to me, I cherish my closest friends, and I live in quiet comfort. My life is not exciting, but I wouldn’t trade it for any other.
I am not the only author participating in Romance Weekly! There are over a dozen other writers participating in this fun and fabulous event where each Tuesday we will go behind the scenes about writing, publishing, and romance novels! The next author this week is Susan Peterson Wisnewski! Follow the link to see how she beautifully answered these same questions.