What is the best thing about being a romance author? I’ve been asked that question many times in interviews. Without a doubt, the best thing is the readers. Romance readers are a special brand of people—kind, caring, and generous. They send fan mail, write reviews, and act like my characters are real (they are to me, too!). Fans give me inspiration and motivation to show up at the keyboard every day.
A second “best thing” about being a romance writer is working with other romance authors. Like their fans, romance writers are a kind, caring, and generous bunch. They band together to help others, never say no if you ask them for a favor, and have your back no matter what happens in this crazy world. Many of my besties are romance writers and there’s a reason for that…they’re awesome people!
I believe writing romance may have something to do with that. Romance authors are passionate people who live for a good HEA. Spreading love and happily-ever-afters around is like being a romance fairy—who wouldn’t love that? We sprinkle love dust on our characters, enchant readers, and when all looks lost in our stories, we wave our magic wand and love conquers all. In real life, we may not have magic wands, but we still believe love will conquer all.
One of the ways I love celebrating my own love for romance and HEAs is to participate in group projects. Two of my dearest friends co-write series with me: Adrienne Giordano and I write the Justice Team romantic suspense series, and Nana Malone and I write the Hit & Run Bride contemporary romance series. I’ve also been blessed to have participated in an anthology that raised money for breast cancer research and recently have had several of my books included in multi-author boxed sets. The latest set is Danger & Desire, ten full-length romantic suspense novels by bestselling authors who love a HEA as much as I do—and every one of our characters has to work for it. <wink>
Teamwork seems to come naturally to romance authors. Every author I’ve worked with has been fun, innovative, and smart. We share ideas, marketing and promotion strategies, and hopefully readers—and we’re making friends along the way.
In all of my books, multi-author projects included, you’ll find brave, damaged heroes, and tough, determined heroines. Every story looks at love in a different way, yet examines the difficult, and sometimes dangerous, road to happily ever after. For me, there’s nothing better than bringing two things I love—readers and fellow romance authors—together to celebrate romance.