Friday, March 28, 2008

I Am A Romance Author

There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anaïs Nin

It's snowing here. Again. Just saying.


I worked not at all on my story yesterday--at least nothing I put in writing. I know I moodled and thought and considered quite a bit. Should I give the hero siblings? The heroine has to be an only child, but it seems odd that both would be. I have a tendency (and Judy and I were talking about this yesterday) to make my H/H only children because it's just easier than keeping track of family. I also like to kill off at least one parent, for the same reason. But that's just not natural, LOL... So am giving it some thought.

I went to the UBS yesterday to find an older book that one of the LASR reviewers reviewed. While I was there, I got to call myself an author. Yes I did! AND...I was at Target a couple of days ago, in the books section and there were two women gabbing about how there was an article in some big newspaper talking about how romance wasn't "real" writing (yeah, we've never heard THAT before), and I jumped right in (cuz, yanno, I'm shy) and said, "Bite your tongue! I am a romance author and I'd sure like to see one of them write a romance."


I think I'm finally starting to own that idea. It feels good.


From Chris:

You Are Not Prissy

You're the furthest thing from a princess - and you probably stay far away from any princess types you know.

You have an easygoing approach to living. It doesn't take a lot to make you happy.

And when life requires it, you're ready to get your hand a little dirty.

There's no problem you're too prissy to tackle!


Ceri said...

oh, doesn't that make you mad when people say things like that? What do they think it is if it's not real writing? I think one of the reasions I didn't say anything about my writing at work was because they deal with a lot of authors, authors of books on philosophy and such. I didn't feel worthy. Heck with that!

And I do the same thing... often kill off a parent. My characters generally have at least one sibling only though. Seriously, I need to write about someone who has fifteen brothers and sisters.

Happy snow day!!!!!

Karen H in NC said...

Your comments today make it sound like you should be in a support group: 'Hello, my name is (blank) and I am a romance author'.

Anyway, those news comments can get people who write them in a lot of trouble. A few years back, I read in another romance author’s blog about a local politician in Texas who was running for some office and his opponent had written a romance novel. He was running her into the ground about not being a 'real' author because she wrote romance novels and that she was narcissistic and egotistical because her name was on the top of every page and that her book was pornographic because of the sex scenes. The blog author gave links to the news article and his email address. Needless to say, he was bombarded by emails from thousands of angry readers of the genre and, if I remember right, he lost the election.

Lianne said...

Bravo! I'm glad you told those folks the way of it. :) I mean, come on! Romance makes the world go round. Right? Sorry about the snow. We got some yesterday as well. Just a dusting that only stuck to the roof. Have a great weekend.

Tori Lennox said...

That crazy politician was in Texas. I heard about it from friends who live there. *g*

You Are a Bit Prissy

From time to time you can be a princess, but these days, who isn't a little high maintenance?
You know what you want, and you're definitely not afraid to ask for it.
(Just refrain from having a temper tantrum if you don't get your way!)
There's nothing wrong with having high standards... as long as they're occasionally low enough to allow spontaneity and fun!

Well, I suppose it could be worse. *g*

Amy Addison said...

LOL on the snow. We got snow yesterday and it was A Big Deal because in the Pac NW, we hardly ever get snow and almost never get snow this late in the year. Where is the flippin' sun!

Grrrrr on those article writers. I'd like to bonk them with a heavy "unreal" book. One in hardback. It would hurt. A lot, I think.

And I am a bit prissy. Yeah, that's about right.

Melissa said...

We're getting snow! Way cool!

I love being a romance writer!!!! Those people with those write a "real" book comments don't have a clue so are easily ignored.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

You believe it, you walk it. Congrats! And yes, you are one.

Dru said...

Good for you. The nerve of anyone to say that writing romance is not real.

You are a romance author/writer.

I'm a bit prissy. I'm sorry but I like a working toilet.

Brandy said...

Yes, you ARE a Romance Author! People, be it in articles or inperson, who say that romance isn't a viable field? Are sure missing out on alot.

I am a bit prissy. I already new that! *G*

char10 said...

Those women were probably just jealous ,because they can't write a book. It's alright to be prissy but I'd rather be out mucking about in my garden.

Caffey said...

I agree with my test that I'm a bit Prissy. I'd say I was even so more lately with all I've been going through. While sitting in waiting rooms I was thinking about visiting the blog! Its very welcoming here! Thanks.

Oh I so agree with you! I get tired of others saying things like that and making comments about us reading 'romance' but I never say a thing to others about when they read 'violence' and the like, cuz its their choice. I remember saying that recently and that really quieted them!

Its so cold here! It snowed last night (doesn't it realize its spring yet?!). And so windy and cold today.

Dena said...

People that write those articles and people that believe what that article says have probably never read a Romance book so there not qualified to give an opinion.
I would rather read HEA than depressing stories anyday.

I can't believe it snowed today, it still snows in the mountains in WA but never this late in the year in the lowlands of the puget sound, it's so strange!

groovyoldlady said...

You definitely ARE a romance writer!

I like a book with lots of family members that butt in and throw out red herrings and rescrub the heroine's already clean bathroom.

It definitely brings reality to a plot!