In Love with Writing

By Rionna Morgan, author of The Wanting Heart and Love’s Justice

Love's JusticeWhen 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!

4 thoughts on “In Love with Writing

  1. I remember reading The Thorn Birds as a kid over and over. Oh, the forbidden love! I was totally fascinated how a girl went through the different levels of love as she grew from adolescent to womanhood, and how that love changed yet was all consuming.

    Then there were all the Montgomery books by Jude Deveraux. Strong women, but those men…she pushed the boundaries of alpha heroes, and I loved her for it.

  2. I remember reading Moreta, Dragonlady of Pern and hugging the book to my chest and thinking. I want to write stories like this – of course, my stories are nothing like that, although there are little dragons in The Silver Rose, but it fueled a desire to write.

    The Thorn Birds – I read that while travelling around Europe in my early 20′s. I absolutely loved that book!

  3. I loved reading L.M. Montgomery’s books, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I enjoyed being transported to another time, but appreciated that these girls had some of the same experiences I did, and felt the way I did. Now that I’m a grown up, not only do I still like to read books about different time periods, but I write them, too!

  4. Debra,
    Thank you so much for stopping in and leaving a note. I love chatting about books. I LOVED The Thorn Birds…and Jude Deveraux is one of my favorite authors! How fun. Yes, I love those strong women.

    Smiles from Montana!
    Rionna

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