Why I Read (and Write) Historical Romance

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Bio picI’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember. I don’t know how old I was when I started reading, but I was already reading when I started kindergarten. By the time I was twelve, I had read every book written for children and teens in my local public library. Of course, there weren’t nearly as many teen books back then as there are now.

When I told the librarian I had read everything in the children’s section, she got me started on mysteries. I read all of Agatha Christie’s books and some of Mary Higgins Clark’s early books and enjoyed them, but I stumbled upon my true passion one night while babysitting. The kids were in bed, so I perused the bookshelves in the family room and discovered Royal Seduction by Jennifer Blake. I took it home with me and read all night until I finished the book. The vibrant characters and evocative historical setting transported me into another time and place in a way that nothing else ever had, and I was hooked.

As I grew up, went through college, got married, had children, etc., historical romance has continued to resonate with me. When my mother was battling cancer, books were the one thing that could hold my attention, and the same held true when she lost her battle last year.

When I started writing, I knew I wanted to write books that would have the same affect on my readers as they did on me. I write not just to provide entertainment, but because I hope to help someone through a difficult time in her life or simply help her escape for a few hours when she’s tired of loading the dishwasher or folding laundry or wanting to take out that #@$^%* person who cuts in the school carpool line every morning. My first book releases in April, and I’m looking forward to discovering whether I’ve achieved my goal.

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Why do you read? Do you have a favorite historical romance?

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