Thereís nothing like the feeling of falling in love: being giddy with happiness; shivering as tingles of excitement dance up and down oneís spine; holding oneís breath in delicious anticipation of the next meeting. All that delicious excitement is what I try to capture word by word, page by page, chapter by chapter, to sweep my readers up into the developing relationship between my characters. Itís not always easy to get the words right. Sometimes I rework scenes five or six times. However, when I read what Iíve written and get that warm glow in the pit of my stomach, that instinctive sense that finally, itís right, itís tremendously thrilling.
Thereís joy for me, though, not just in the craft of writing, but in leading my hero and heroine through difficult circumstances to finally be able to be together.† Take, for example, the characters of my latest novel, A Knightís Seduction. Tye is the bold, illegitimate son of a great lord who captures a castle and takes the heroine hostage.† Claire, a lovely, gently-raised maiden, is attracted to Tye but is shocked by her own feelings and determined to thwart his takeover.† Could two such very different people ever fall in love?† Yes.† Not easily, but their struggle makes for a compelling, page-turning read. The moment Tye and Claire can finally admit their feelings for one another is extremely poignant, and is all the sweeter because it has been hard-won.† When my characters finally say ďI love you,Ē and I type ďThe EndĒ on a manuscript that has taken me months to write, itís an incredible moment.† My heart is filled with such intense joy, I often have to grab for the tissuesóand I wouldnít have it any other way.
Thanks so much to Lorelei from Loreleiís Lit Lair for inviting me to take part in Read a Romance Month! Donít miss her inspiring essay Loreleiís Joyous Journey to Romance!
T. Elliott Brown. Her novel Bombshells is a terrific coming-of-age story that will stay with you long after youíve finished the book.
Caro Carson. Compelling, tug-on-your-heartstrings contemporary romances.
Questions for the Author
1 - Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy.
I remember very well when I experienced sheer joy: the day I was offered a publishing contract for my medieval romance novel Dance of Desire!† What a thrilling day that was.† It was a lifelong dream of mine to become a published novelist, and to finally have achieved that goal was incredibly exciting.
2 - Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.
My visit to Stonehenge with my family a few years ago was one of the highlights of that vacation in England. Stonehenge is a breathtaking, awe-inspiring site and I hope to go back there again.
3 - Tell us about a sound that brings you joy (or a memory attached to sound ó music, laughter, wind chimesÖ ?)
My husbandís laughter.† I canít help but smile when he laughs.
4 - What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy youíve never forgotten it.) Why?
I recently read Colleen Gleasonís Young Adult/Steampunk novel The Spiritglass Charade. I love Steampunk stories, and this one was a fun read.
5 - And for fun, the joy of choice ;o) ~ Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) - trying for a little diversity! ;o)
Chris Pratt.† I thought he was terrific in Jurassic World.