Thought you might be interested in this interview I did with Anniek from With Love for Books.
Since I am the author of romance novels, it helps that I’ve always been a romantic. Cinderella and Prince Charming have lived with me since I was a child, and I see them almost every day. My own life has been the stuff of fairy tales, and I’ve played the role of both the damsel in distress and the fair maiden who wins the heart of the prince. After coming through the distress of an abusive marriage, I am now married to my loving and handsome husband. I’ve had more than enough and have also been a single Mom who lost her home and struggled to keep food on the table for her children. I am who I am today because of all of those experiences, and I’m grateful for everything and everyone who has touched my life.
I’m not an adrenaline junkie, so you won’t hear me talking about my hair-raising experiences. Although, I did take a white water rafting trip that certainly had my heart pumping! However, from my perspective as a romantic, seeing or even thinking about that” special someone” can usually be counted on to bring a smile to my face and cause a flutter (or more) in my heart.
Ahhh, romance. The best day starts by cuddling up to the man I love. There’s just something special about being held in his strong arms and feeling the beat of his heart next to mine. I love to eat, and breakfast is one of my favorite meals. If truth be told, every meal has something good to offer. :o) Having a cup of coffee and a sweet treat with my sweetie in the morning starts the day on a very nice note. If the weather is cooperative, I find a walk or a bicycle ride to be quite pleasant … and it also helps to work off that little morning indulgence. Sitting in a candlelit restaurant with soft music playing in the background is a wonderful way to wrap up the perfect romantic day. And it ends where it began … back in the arms of the man I love.
I still love Michael and Analese’s story in “A House is Not a Home” but Olivia and Tyler from “You Light Up My Life” have definitely won a place in my heart. There’s something to be said about a couple who has a long history. The bond created by many years of knowing each other—growing up together is something very special. It seems that for most people there is someone from their youth who always lingers in the back of the mind. What if?
Romance is showing how much you care. Romance comes in all sizes, shapes and circumstances. Holding a door or pulling out a chair are old-fashioned courtesies often neglected in today’s world. Letting your special someone know you’re thinking about them by sending a quick text with a few x’s and o’s can warm a heart. Spending time together is critical. When you know a person well, you can show them how much you care in a million ways. To me, that is the essence of romance.