I was thinking last night about the authors I admire so much. I’ve wanted to write on this and I’ve mentioned them many times here before, but it’s hard because I don’t want to forget anyone or leave anyone out or make anyone feel bad.
But in truth – romance more than a lot of other genres is about mentoring and relationships. I did not get where I am today without help and support. I believe in the power of connection and relationships and I think it deserves a space. So I wanted to say thank you to a few people today and every Thursday –
Jennifer Cruisie – I don’t know her, but I do know that when I read Welcome To Temptation I realized romance could be so much more than the stereotype. It could be witty and filled with flawed people doing flawed stuff and you still want them to have their HEA.
Nora Roberts – every time I read one of her books there’s at least one moment when I think, “wow, that is so clever and subtle!” with her characters. She’s one of my idols when it comes to characterization.
Anne Stuart – she’s one of the reasons I write romance because her books break rules and flout convention and they work. Her heroes are dark and twisty and she’s got a magic touch. If I can have a career even half as varied and impressive as hers, I’d die a happy woman.
On to people I know:
Jaci Burton – when I first started out, I watched people to see how they behaved, how they promoted and carried themselves. Jaci has always been an author I’ve admired because she’s professional and yet straightforward, warm, beyond helpful and supportive and she’s a great writer. (edited to add – she also just announced a fabulous two book romantic suspense deal with MIRA! YAY!!)
Alison Kent – I’m sure I’ve scared her a time or two with my fangirl gushing, but she’s up there with Stuart when it comes to unconventional characters doing unexpected things. I remember picking up a Blaze and thinking, “WOW, she totally went there and back!” and she does it with humor and lots of sexy chemistry. She’s also never stingy with her advice and support. She does so much for authors and she’s one of my idols.
(There are more – but I’m gonna let these five ladies have the spotlight today. Next Thursday I’ll be back with more!