The Case for Clean Romance

I write what I enjoy reading: romance novels that do not equate love with endless romps in bed. The day I begin to write a new book, I sit at my computer armed with the main characters’ names and a general story idea. Then, I take a journey to someplace totally different than I expected. Although my books have endless surprises along the way, getting physical underneath the sheets isn’t one of them. Clean romances should nourish us with a real slice of life. That is, true-to-life stories that inspire and entertain each reader.

In my opinion, love displayed through genuine affection and hard work whets the appetite for more of the same.

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Seven Questions from Loving the Book Valentine Day Countdown

On February 6th, I took part in Loving the Book’s Valentine Day Countdown featuring 15 authors. Their questions. My answers. See below.

1. Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?

I am an avid reader and enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles. Contrary to upcoming answers, I like a lot of alone time.

2. When did you first realize you were an author?

I’ve enjoyed penning stories since elementary school. The spark to write grew along with me, and unlike other ideas I’ve had, no obstacle I
encountered quenched the desire.

3. Have you done anything writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?

Years ago, I wrote and produced the play Pajama Party, which was adapted into the young adult book Pajama Party: The Story, a companion book to
A Living Hope. Knowing that people enjoyed what I wrote kept hope alive. There is something heartening in other people appreciating what you
do.

Also, The Certain Hope audiobook and hardcover version are due in March. Audiobooks on my other books will come in spring. It seems that each
item I added to my repertoire encouraged me to branch out further. When I added hardcover versions to my book format is a prime example.

4. What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?

I read a lot of regency romances and have to resist the urge to have my contemporary characters speak with formal dialogue. Each character
draws me into their story and stymies writer’s block. I haven’t ever experienced it. May it never come.

5. What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

“The Write Way: A Real Slice of Life” is the slogan on my website and Facebook author page. If every person reading my book feels connected to
the characters, my job is done.
Spiritual maturity is the message. In my opinion, spiritual maturity teaches us how to weather life’s storms and thrive with the victory.
Realistic characters with everyday problems is the goal with each book.

6. Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life?

For me, observing human nature is a part of true living. So, fully developed characters have found a place inside each story. I love to write
about everyday life. Those little decisions we overlook can have long-reaching consequences.

7. What are your future projects?

Finishing books four and five of the standalone hope-themed series is my top priority. Next is writing companion books for Pajama Party: The
Story. And then, when one of my editors is ready, we will team up to write my first women’s fiction book. As always, I look forward to the
process.

The Certain Hope Is a Done Deal!

The book was supposed to be published last November. What a difference twelve months make. Good thing my editors didn’t kick me to the curb. It was a long haul, but I finally made it. Book three of my standalone hope-themed series was sent to the formatter last week. There is one final obstacle of obtaining my ISBNs in a timely manner, but apart from that, I am breathing a relieved sigh and praying for a swift and favorable victory. Almost there!

On to book four. And then, one more to go in this series.

What’s on the agenda after this series is put to bed? Co-authoring a novel with one of my editors, Angela Trent, who is an awesome writer. Yay! Thank God she agreed. I’m looking forward to making it happen.

Also, a gracious reader asked me to write the story of each teenage girl in my young adult novel, Pajama Party. Of course I am happy to comply. Actually, happy is an understatement. I’m overjoyed! And humbled that she asked. I’ve already come up with nine book titles and cover pictures for each book.

Needless to say, I’m pleased I’ll be writing stories around characters I love. And I’m a bit amazed that other people shared my vision.

Since retiring to write books full time is out of the question at the moment, I resolve to find a way to work, write, and communicate with the readers I enjoy penning stories for. Having people enjoy my books is living abundantly for me.

Thanks to everyone who made The Certain Hope a reality.

And a special thank you goes to each reader for your warm feedback.

I appreciate your time.