My husband loves the VH1 series Behind the Music. He is fascinated to learn how a random group of talented people happen to meet at a certain place, and a certain time, to form a band that writes amazing music that speaks to millions of people.
I thought my readers might enjoy learning what inspired me to write my novels, and learn what I’m working on next.
Why Dare to Love?
I’ve been reading romance novels since I was a teenager. I especially love regency romance novels. I always found them a pleasant escape–transporting me to another place and time filled with beautiful people, always resulting in a happy ending.
Then I read the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn. True, the Bridgertons were all attractive, but the characters in the books were flawed. Wonderfully, beautifully flawed. And I thought–I’d like to read more books like that.
In fact, I’d like to write a book like that. So I did. Not that it was easy. Quite the contrary. But starting was easy.
I came up with three story lines featuring wondrously flawed characters and started to write. I finished the first one in a year. It was a fun hobby in my spare time–and the resultant manuscript was mediocre at best. Sigh.
Then I started the second one…and got bored.
But third time’s the charm, right? I attended writers conferences, joined a writers group, and studied my craft. I had stops and starts…switched jobs, raised the kids (to be fair, hubs did most of that), did the occasional housework, and finally, five years later, Dare to Love was complete.
I found out that was the easy part. It took me two more years, pitching the manuscript, revising, editing, and pitching again to finally get a contract. I attended the New Jersey Romance Writers conference and was lucky enough to meet Renee Rocco, owner of Lyrical Press (now an imprint for Kensington Publishing). I pitched her my concept, she said she loves a good rake, and the rest is history.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
And when you’re done, be sure to read Julia Quinn’s series. Throughout my book, you’ll find the occasional tip of the hat to the Bridgertons.
To learn more about Dare to Love, visit my Excerpts and Extras page.
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