Date Published: 8/7/2013
Soul Mate Publishing, Inc., NY
A lakeside porch in the Finger Lakes is the perfect spot for a quiet moment or a heart-to-heart with your special someone. Joel and Manda’s first heart-to-heart on the breakfast porch at the Manse Inn and Spa is anything but romantic. Joel the owner of the Manse is furious with his junior accountant for using one of the spa showers. If Manda didn’t have a desperate story and a spectacular body, Joel might not be feeding her breakfast and falling in love. Can Manda get sober, clean up her act, and open her heart to her rich, hunky boss?
Why I Write Romance
When I told my friends I was writing a romance novel, I got a few strange looks. Maybe you can identify!
I work at a college, and my co-worker Pam dared to say, “My aunt reads those. Doesn’t
the author just change the names of the characters and the setting and the title and press ‘Print?”
I told her, “If I thought romance books were just cookie-cutter, mass-produced novels, I wouldn’t want anything to do with them.”
Pam was receptive to hearing more, so I did my best to explain the idea of “character driven fiction” in which the characters decide what’s important and what happens next.
That is part of what fascinates me about the romance genre. Also, for a romance between two flawed people to develop into a happy-ever-after, the hero and heroine both have to change, and the process of change can be gripping, heart wrenching, even fraught with danger. It can challenge the hero’s core idea of himself or shake the heroine into letting go of old ideas that stand in the way of true love. As my characters share with me their deep and growing love for each other and the angst of the transformation each must make, it’s my job to shape their development and their love stories into satisfying novels; it’s a fascinating partnership. Far from being a “cookie cutter” job, writing romance is rewarding and hard work.
There’s another reason I enjoy writing romance. One has to do with that same requirement—that every romance novel must end in a happy-ever-after. No matter how deep into suspense or conflict my characters get, I must think like an optimist—“how can this possibly turn out all right?” In a crazy, scary world, I believe it’s important to exercise the optimist side of our brains every day. I’m a genuinely happy person when I write romance.
Finally, I write romance because I love the company of romance readers and authors. For me—maybe for all of us—a good story and the fundamental truth of Love are endlessly refreshing and heart-warming. Each reader experiences a book differently, depending on her interests and beliefs and life experiences, and we all share what we think. Each author has a unique voice and talent that can dazzle, entertain and teach. I believe I am constantly learning and growing along with all of you.
So, when I get a strange look about my choice to write romance, I quirk an eyebrow and smile to myself and think, “You don’t know what you’re missing!”
About the Author:
Once upon a time, Katie O’Boyle was a stellar student and closet substance abuser at a picture-perfect small college. She credits loving friends, 12-step spirituality, and plenty of hard work for her transformation into tech-savvy college professor and passionate author of warm-hearted romance. Fall in love with her characters on the lakeside porches of the beautiful Finger Lakes in upstate New York. Lakeside Porches, Book One: Stepping Up To Love (Joel and Manda’s story); Book Two: Coming Home to Love (Justin and Gianessa’s story).