When I was eight years old, my second grade teacher took me to the library. She had introduced me to the fiction section and I discovered magic!
I checked out a book titled The Little Princess by Francis Hodgkins Burnett, who also wrote The Secret Garden. I fell in love with books! !
I started writing my own stories right then and my little friends bought them.
Growing up, Barbara Cartland and Grace Livingston Hill were authors I devoured as soon as I could get hold of their books! I remember one day at a yard sale, I bought a box of over 35 Barbara Cartland books. I think I read nonstop for a month! They created magic for me. When you are a young impressionable girl, I think it’s important to form positive ideals of love.
After three babies and a career, I forgot about writing of course. Then something happened that changed the path of my life. My husband of 18 years asked for a divorce. I became depressed after the breakup of our marriage and I was at the end of my rope. One day I was walking and for some odd reason I reached down into the grass and pulled out a crooked heart-shaped stone. It seemed to remind me that even though my heart was broken, it was still a heart and someday I could love again. That stone saved my life. It also inspired me to weave it into a paranormal romance story.
When you read my novel Radiance: Love after Death, published by XOXO Publishing, you will see how these authors influenced my writing. In all their books, there was never any graphic sexual content, yet you were thrilled beyond imagination at the expressions of love. There needs to be some mystery in the romance department! When everything is spelled out in minute detail it gets old after awhile. I don’t know about you, but imagination is sexy to me!
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XOXO Publishing http://bit.ly/tnC7A0