Many authors have inspired me to write over the course of my life. From the pioneer life of Laura Ingalls Wilder to the Trixie Belden mysteries by Kathryn Kenny, to the worlds of Madeleine L’Engel and the small town, old fashioned stories of Lois Lenski, I always lived stories. I was part of the Bob White Club, I went to school with Laura Ingalls.
The part that always drew me, though, was the romance. Trixie and Jim had mutual respect though Trixie got them into scrape after scrape (and was only 14 when the series started!) Laura had a quiet courtship with Almanzo, but who could forget him coming to get her from her teaching position during a blizzard?
As an adult, I came to romance after I got out of college. It’s hard to believe that I used to have to go look for books, that I didn’t have shelves of them waiting to be read. Early on, in the early 90s, historicals were my thing. Karen Robards and Catherine Coulter were my first gloms. I couldn’t tell you who my first contemporary author was, but I soon scarfed up Virginia Kantra and Karen Templeton, Jennifer Crusie and Nora Roberts. I loved the communities these authors built, the relationships the hero and heroine had with other characters in the story. That gives characters so much more depth and makes them so real. I have a disadvantage there, in the stories I’ve written so far. I mean, how much community do you want in an erotic romance?
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