Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Smart Girls Read Romance

Earlier I wrote about joining an author group and my first article there would be the 22nd. Well, tomorrow it goes up and here is the link to the group--  


The monthly schedule is posted there with a different author every two days. It seems to be pretty loose for what the authors post, which can be from their lives or their work. So if you are interested in writing and what inspires it, this is a good blog to check in on.

What I liked about joining this group is how it promotes not only the idea of reading romances but also helps readers understand what lies behind the words. Romance has been a disrespected genre and yet it sells a lot of books. I think there are reasons. In a positive way, it's not just about boy meets girl; but it has an energy that can positively add to the lives of its readers. Whatever genre a reader prefers, it has energy; and it's wise if the reader understands what that energy will be giving them.

For my first post, I figured I should have it be about myself as although I do know some of these authors, I don't know how many know me. I have written before how difficult writing a profile can be. I played around with writing a couple of versions before I realized there was one I still consider important about me as well as what I write. It surprised me how much was from my growing up years. I say surprised because I don't often look back (which complicates writing profiles). 

Whether we look back, those experiences are there. They are part of the way we think and live. There are some who look at their childhood and make danged sure they don't have any of that in their adulthood-- but isn't that still impacting them? 

For someone like me, who grew up on the edge of wilderness, with lots of time for my imagination to run wild-- as well as myself, I see how much it impacts who I am as well as what I wanted in my life and how I raised my own children.

So return to that link tomorrow, and you will see how I resolved my problem of introducing what was important about me, what influenced the books I write-- and it how it all went to the girl growing up in hills at the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge. It's changed-- and yet nothing really has :).




I should add that those bummer lambs, which my brother and I were feeding (bummer means they were either rejected or orphaned), often grew up to chase me across the orchard requiring a leap onto a rock wall or climbing a tree to avoid being butted. Letting a sheep (especially a wether (neutered male), become a pet can lead to that sort of behavior-- another life lesson...

2 comments:

Tabor said...

I certainly found a time in my life where I read romance novels quite a bit. I preferred the historical rather than contemporary and I found them a great escape from dull and mundane or problems. To me they were medicine and escape and I think that is one of the reasons people read them...sometime even men!

Rain Trueax said...

I also go in spurts for what I take time to read. When I am laying out a book (in my mind), as I am now with what will be the fifth Arizona historical, I am reading a lot of non-fiction. I've gone through times where non-fiction, especially memoirs, is all I read or sometimes chick lit ;). I am planning to give myself pleasure reading again this summer when it will probably all be romances for a month or so. There are some good authors out there. I also kept a lot of the older romances that I had bought years ago and sometimes I like rereading one of them or just my favorite parts ;) A lot of those authors aren't on Kindle or even writing anymore. Too bad as, in reading, nothing is better for me than finding an author I love and then knowing i will have a lot of good reads ahead with new ones coming out.

I agree historical is nice because it takes me somewhere else without our current problems to face as I sink into someone else's experiences. Vardy is a good one if you haven't read it since you are going to France soon. It's about French history and a romance ;). I had read it years earlier from the library and then got the idea a year or two ago that maybe I could get it online. It was in one of those online bookstores and my used copy came in great shape.