Freakish to downright deadly weather, news of yet more violence and sorrow, and then throw in whatever personal struggles we all have to cope with and the New Year can become dreary all too quickly. We all have our ways of coping. I love to exercise (okay, maybe not, but I like the results), read, knit, play with my pets. And when it comes to reading, I love a romance.
Superromance is my favorite Harlequin line not just because I write for Supers (yeah!) but because whenever I pick up a Superromance I know I'm going to get an engrossing, character-driven read with my favorite kind of ending. Happy. Fulfilling. Uplifting.
I prefer to read about emotionally complex characters, who are NOT "TDTL" (too dumb to live OR love) and who deal with their conflicts in realistic yet innovative ways. If I wanted to read about someone solving a common problem in the usual way, I'd read my journals from the last ten years. But I want to be mentally transported out of my current reality, whatever it may be, into the lives and loves of my fictional friends.
Characters are my friends, but only if the author does his/her job and makes me want to be friends with the hero or heroine in the first place. When I pick up a Superromance, it's what I expect to find.
I'm still pinching myself that I get to write for Supers. My first rejection was from Super years ago, after which I tried every other line at an attempt at finding my "secret" writing voice. Truth is that I was TDTP (too dumb to publish) back in those days; I didn't recognize my first rejections as good rejections (yes, there is such a thing). It came as a karmic joy that I finally landed in Supers, after my first books sold to Harlequin Everlasting.
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