Falling In Love

I have been reading romance novels since I was in fourth or fifth grade. These weren’t the Sweet Valley High or whatever fluff novels were out when I was young. No, I went straight to the adult historical romance section.

No, I went straight to the adult historical romance section.

It still surprises me that the library would even let a ten-year-old check books out with such adult content, but they did to the tune of 3 or 4 of them per week. Maybe they were just shocked. I know I had a

Maybe they were just shocked. I know I had a highschool teacher that couldn’t believe that I was allowed to read “smutt”. Well,

Well, noone’s disapproval stopped me. I read what I wanted. I was perfectly capable of separating fact from fiction.

I knew that men like in the books didn’t exist. There was no hero to come sweep me off my feet and carry me off to some castle somewhere. But, they did help me pass a history test once.

Thank you author for doing your research. If it wasn’t for you I would have bombed yet another history test because I refused to study for the damn things. Who needs to know history anyway? pffth…

Generally romances follow a loose plot: Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy does something stupid and loses girl, boy gets girl back and they live happily ever after. There is some variation, but after reading several thousand, they don’t vary by much.

There is some variation, but after reading several thousand, they don’t vary by much.

When I began working on my own, I discovered that you really do need to know history to write historical fiction. Who knew?

It also helps a bit to have been in love at least once.

My first novel, which is a handwritten mess, is still sitting in a box, waiting for me to drag it out and finish it. And I might someday. The idea is a good story and I’ve done some of the research to make it work.

I might someday. The idea is a good story and I’ve done some of the research to make it work.

And most importantly, I have the experience of being in love, which is key to getting the emotional context of the story right.

In my current work in progress, Path of Angels, I wrote a romance that I think I might have liked to experience as a teenager.

Aadi isn’t as crazy as I was when I was younger. She’s a lot naive with strong ideals that are challenged when she leaves the comfort of her friends and family.

This is not a “love at first sight” story. There are two young men in her life, her first love, who left her for the priesthood and her best friend, Mischa, who joins her on her journey.

She has to get over the first before she even notices the other. And then, when she does, she has to decide whether or not she wants to risk their friendship to have a relationship.

Love isn’t always so easy or so all encompassing. Sometimes, it’s a long hard road.

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