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Have you ever been asked why you read romance? What you get out of it? Well that’s what we’re going to talk about here today at Once Upon A Chapter.
1) Why do you read romance?
Stephanie: I read romance because in the world that I live in, I need a release from it. There is so much that goes wrong in our world. It’s nice to slip away every once in awhile. It’s safe. It’s comfortable. I owe quite a few authors a big thank you for taking the time and having the courage to create a world that I can find in the pages of their novels. It’s a small investment (sometimes free if I visit my local library) for the riches that I am given in return. A great writer can you make you care deeply about their creations. To me a great writer will have me tearing up towards the end.
Lisa: I read romance because I love to read about love! How simple is that?!?! There’s a true fantasy to be found in every enjoyable romance novel. One that not all girls get to experience in real life. You get to meet new characters, go to new places and experience new things. Still at the heart of it, there is nothing better than reading about the beginning of a new romance. That first time two people meet and the ordeals and drama they go through along the way make for an interesting journey. One that can take you to a different time….different place….different world….anywhere you want to be. Some may leave you wanting to throw the book against the wall, but others can leave you finishing the last page with a huge smile and a content sigh. And possible wanting to flip back to the beginning and start the journey all over again.
2) Can you remember your first romance?
Stephanie: The first romance novel that hooked me was Ransom by Julie Garwood. Historical Scotland, need I say more? The story opens with conspiracy, betrayal and secret passages. I was invested before the first 25 pages!
Lisa: Well it wasn’t really a first romance, more like my first paranormal series that led to paranormal romance. I started reading the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton and fell in love with Jean Claude. Then just with vampires in general! That lead to Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series, Mary Janice Davidson’s Queen Betsy series and so on and so forth. It was like a domino effect after that.
3) Do you have a favorite sub-genre?
Stephanie: I honestly don’t think that I do! If I were forced to choose, I think it would be historical romance. There are so many possibilities, so many locations, so many time periods…sigh. It may also be because I have always loved history. I took as many history classes in high school as I could. Yes, yes, I am a hard-core nerd.
Lisa: Ummm…yeah. I love paranormals, I really do, but my favorite is probably historical. Definitely! I LOVE historicals! I love the proper gentlemen, the well bred ladies, the polite rules of society. Ugh! I just love the charm of it all. Western historical make the list too. What’s not to love about a sexy cowboy. Whew! The blue jeans, the Stetsons…hubba, hubba. Okay, I think my true reasons for reading romance are shining through…
4) Which authors do you feel are a shining example of the romance genre?
Stephanie: This is truly a hard question. There are so many great books and authors out there! Just to name a few:
Romantic Suspense – Allison Brennan,
Historical Romance – Dianna Gabaldon, Kaki Warner, Julie Garwood
Paranormal/UF – J.R. Ward, Elisabeth Naughton, Larissa Ione
Lisa: Oh goodness. Well, I’ll try my best.
Romantic Suspense: Julie Garwood, Kate Brady, Karen Robards, Stephanie Tyler, Shannon McKenna
Historical Romance: Lisa Kleypas, Elizabeth Hoyt, Madeline Hunter, Jennifer Ashley, Connie Brockway, Anne Gracie, Kaki Warner, Carrie Lofty, Diana Cosby, Angela Johnson, Lydia Joyce, Teresa Medeiros, Kate Noble, Anna Campbell, Amanda Quick, Lorraine Heath, Joan Johnston, Jodi Thomas
Paranormal: J.R. Ward, Kresley Cole, Gena Showalter, Alyssa Day, Christine Feehan, Meljean Brook, Lara Adrian, Lynsay Sands, Larissa Ione
Contemporary: Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy, Elaine Fox, Nicholas Sparks