Kathleen Woodiwiss. The Flame and the Flower. That’s my answer to who got me started reading romances. I was eighteen, and I devoured them like chocolate.
Then I wandered off and started reading other genres for a while. Then, not long after my daughter was born, my sister sent me a Jennifer Crusie book, and I was hooked all over again. It was everything I loved about romance – emotionally satisfying, with a happily ever after I could count on – but different and new, too.
Since then, I’ve been blissfully gorging myself on every kind of romance they write, but I’ll never forget my delight in discovering romance with Kathleen Woodiwiss – and rediscovering it with Jennifer Crusie.
What about you? Take the poll on the right – and if your starter author isn’t listed, tell us in the comments. And share your memories of your first taste of romance!