When I was a child, I watched Romancing the Stone, the movie with Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. I watched it a million times, I’m sure! There is a scene where the two are being chased and shot at by bad guys and Michael’s character Jack asks Joan (Kathleen Turner) who she is. Amid bullets flying, she stammers, “I’m a romance novelist.”
I loved it! I love it still. I have always been in love with words, their power, their mystery. In college, I read the “The Lady of Shallot” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and knew that any story I would grow to write would be a love story.
The best part of being a romance novelist is that no matter what my characters get into, no matter what evil befalls them, love will prevail. It is by my keystrokes, by my mind and heart that I bring them to the end where love lasts beyond the bonds of time, where they will forever look into each other’s eyes and know that their love will never fade. This is the best of all things.
In my new book, Love’s Justice, I get to bring together two characters who may distrust and dislike each other in the beginning. But love will win. It always does. The kind of love Sarah and Justin experience is not the shy-glance-soft-touch type of falling in love. It is a love that comes through a generation. A love where justice says it must be. And in order for them to arrive at their lover’s destination, they must battle the enemies they hold within themselves as well as the one trying to kill them.
I am so excited to say not only that I am a romance novelist, but that I am honored to share my stories with you.
Has a movie you saw or book you read as a kid influenced the path you’ve taken in life? Share your stories in the comments!