I'm in love with love and that's why I enjoy reading and writing romance. There is nothing like that feeling... that surge of adrenaline mingled with nerves when you see two characters fall in love and battle for their HEA.
I'm not quite sure when I started liking romance... It might have been with Little Women (although, I must admit I was never too happy with Jo's treatment to Teddy). However, what marked me for life was the day I picked up Gone with the wind from my school library. I was in fifth grade and I read all 1052 pages in 3 days. I would read with a flashlight snuck underneath my bed covers, pretending to be asleep every time I heard a noise, worried that my mom would catch me awake so late on a school night. It was worth it. Margaret Mitchell's novel became a permanent favorite. I continued reading romance on and off, sometimes even making up my own stories. Years later, when I was around 14 or 15 a neighbor let me borrow two steamy romance novels. One, of them was Outlander. I was hooked!
Throughout the years, my reading catalogue expanded: mysteries, tragedies, fantasy (my second favorite genre)…I love reading all sort of books, but I realized that no matter what I did my love for romance eclipsed it all. I was in love with words that caused my heart to beat as fast as the heroine’s; words that made my body tingle and left me grinning like a fool when love finally conquered all.
I especially enjoy historical romance. There just is something special about imagining other moments in time. What could the people back then have gone through? What customs did they have to fight against? What was it like for a woman forced to marriage? How about a gay man? Perhaps, that's why my first novel turned out to be a regency and why right now I'm immersed in The Mercenary Tales, a series of stories that take place in an invented medieval period.
|Book2 of The Mercenary Tales|
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