Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Giddy, Joyous Feeling Of Being A Romance Author

Normally I have blogs set up to run Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. This week has been different. I hope I'm not confusing you. :-) Next week will be back to normal, I promise.

So why am I tossing in different blog days this week and confusing the heck out of you? Well, it's simple really.

I really wanted to have Amelia Grey as a guest on Over Coffee and the only day she had available was Tuesday.

I love reading Amelia's books and I like her attitude about writing romance. She loves what she does and does it well. So I worked with her schedule to be able to have her here.

I have many romance writers here, Over Coffee, but I was curious what Amelia's favorite part of writing romance.

You know me, if I want to know something, I ask.

I was asked to write about my favorite part of being a romance author. That is certainly easy for me to answer because I absolutely love writing, and I’m thrilled to be a published author. I’m happy to say that romance is the only thing I want to write.

It’s difficult to choose just one favorite part of being a romance author, but I have no problem admitting that I get this giddy, joyous feeling deep inside me the first time I see a copy my latest book with my name on it. When I first started writing, I really thought that after I’d published a few books, three, five, or even fifteen books the feeling would start to wane, or at least, that I wouldn’t be so eager to get my hands on the finished book that I’d get butterflies in my stomach, but guess what? That hasn’t happened.

My twentieth book, A Marquis To Marry, which is the second book in the Rogues’ Dynasty Series has just hit the shelves, and I was like a school girl waiting for a birthday present. I couldn’t wait for the first copy to arrive at my door. When my authors’ copies arrive, I grab a copy with my hot little hands, and run all over the house saying, “It’s here! It’s here! Come see it!” My family usually lets me do that for about ten seconds, and then they bring me back down to earth.

Another favorite part of being a romance author is that I love the creative part of thinking up the characters. I have an incredible excitement about my work. I look forward to going to the computer each morning and letting my imagination take flight with characters, conflicts, and emotional drama. I enjoy the control I have in creating a book from start to finish. I like the fact that in “this world” I get to decide the color of everyone’s hair and eyes. I get to give them their names, their personalities and their quirks and faults. I decide who the bad guy is going to be and what the intrigue is going to be about. I mean it doesn’t get any better than that.

I like working out their character traits. Who will be impulsive and who will be a neat-freak. Who will play by the rules and who will break them? Working out all these kinds of things is tremendous amount of fun for me, and I love the complete and total control.

An example of this in A Marquis To Marry, the second book in The Rogues’ Dynasty Series, I had to make sure that while the book kept the same tone as I had in the first book, I needed the hero and heroine in the second book to be completely different. In the first book of the series, A Duke To Die For, which is still available at local and online bookstores, the hero’s life is chaotic and undisciplined so I gave him a young, innocent heroine who was and orderly and stable. In A Marquis To Marry, I had to do something entirely different so I made the hero fun-loving and carefree. I gave him a heroine who was a widow his own age and of a serious nature.

I also love it when I hear from a fan that they loved my book or a particular character or scene in one of my books—so maybe that’s my favorite part—pleasing my readers and fans.

As you can see it’s difficult to talk about just one favorite part of being a romance author.

So why don’t you tell me what is your favorite part of a romance book: the meeting, the break-up, or the making up and getting back together?

A Marquis to Marry
Book Two in the Rogues’ Dynasty Trilogy
In Stores October 2009

Alexander Mitchell Raceworth, the dashing fourth Marquis of Raceworth, is shocked when the alluring young Duchess of Brookfield accuses him of stealing priceless pearls belonging to her family. Susannah Brookfield is the most beautiful, enchanting woman he has ever met, but despite his attraction, he's not about to hand over the pearls.

Though suspicion and mistrust drive them apart when the pearls are stolen, Race suggests they pool their resources to recover them. If they do find them, will they finally be able to give in to love, or will the truth of the elusive necklace tear them apart once and for all?

Two of Amelia Grey's books, A Duke To Die For, and A Marquis To Marry, will be awarded to two commenters on todays blog. Be sure to leave me a way to contact you.


Amelia Grey’s awards include the Booksellers Best and the Aspen Gold, and as Gloria Dale Skinner, the coveted Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter and the prestigious Maggie Award. Her books have been featured in Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs. Happily married for twenty-five years, she lives in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Amelia's Website


~Sia McKye~ said...

Amelia, welcome to Over Coffee. I'm glad to have you and I love the article.

I have my gift fairy set up and sprinkling books for two lucky readers who leave a comment today.

Anonymous said...

You always interview these hot writers with all the steamy romance. You are sooo lucky!

Joanna Ammons

~Sia McKye~ said...

Joanna, thank you. I think I'm lucky too.

I love the authors I have OVER COFFEE and have been *lucky* in that I've found so many new authors to read. You should see my TBR pile. Lot's of good books!

Other Lisa said...

I, I, I'm soooo confused!!!! It's TUESDAY!!!!

I will be back tomorrow, after I've had a chance to collect myself...

Judi Fennell said...

*waves hi to fellow Sourcebooks/Casablanca author Amelia.

I, too, do the run-around-the-house-"look-it's-here!" thing when my author copies came in for IOHH. The ones for WBU are due any day and I can't wait!

Favorite part about being a romance author? - honestly? Everything. And I can't wait until I can say I have 20 books out there. Of course, by then, you'll probably have another 20 :)

Congrats on yet another release, Amelia!

Amelia said...

Good morning everyone! The coffee is hot and full of half ' half! My favorite way to drink it! Thank you so much for me today at this wonderful site! I love it and I love being here! It's easy to have a great interview when you have a great question!
You are right, Judi everything about being a romance author is simply fabulous! I'll check back later in the day to see if anyone has any questions. Now, I'll sip my coffe while it's hot!

Kat Sheridan said...

Hello, Amelia, and nice to meet you!! There's just something about romance writers--every one of them is so enthusiastic, happy, and generous with their time and help. I'm guessing these are Regencies? What made you choose that particular genre?

I see Amelia takes half-and-half in her coffee, just like Sia. I'll stick with my non-fat hazelnut cream. Oh, and maybe an orange muffin this morning, please. LOL!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Amelia, my kinds girl.

There's always half and half on my virtual coffee bar, good strong coffee. Of course now, I've added non-fat hazelnut cream. There's always plenty of muffins, scones, and goodies too.

Anonymous said...

On a rainy day having a good book is the altumit must have. I enjoyed reading your books, answer to the question....I myself like the break up,...having to go over every thoughs and feeling wondering where you went wrong and then doing thing differant to make up. Keep up the good work, lots of rainy days....Carolyn

Anonymous said...

Finally, a writer that lets the older women have a handsome hero...lol, anyway enjoyable reading.

~Sia McKye~ said...


Lisa, grab a cup of coffee and a kitten and you'll be right as rain. Speaking of which, have you guys gotten the expected rain in yet? Do we need to send rowboats to California?

Stephanie Julian said...

For me, it's the meet, that first spark of attraction, the falling. That's also the best part for me to write. Well, and the sex scenes.

Amelia said...

It's been a GREAT day, Ladies. Sia, thank you for having me and I hope I will be invited back next April when An Earl To Enchant comes out. You won't want to miss Morgan's story!

aries18 said...

Great guest Sia! Hello Amelia. BTW I love your name, it's one of my favorites. Alas, I didn't have daughters, only sons so I couldn't name a child Amelia.

Your books sound delightful. Thanks for making the time to come to visit us at Sia's blog, even if it's on a Tuesday! She only has the best of the best so you're in great company!

We aren't needing boats yet out here in California. But keep them at hand, ya never know.

Have a lovely day!

6p00d8345682c169e2 said...

Amelia, pleased to hear that you're still so enthusiastic about your writing even with twenty books on the shelves. Hope you have continued success with your books.

James Rafferty

Elle J Rossi said...


I hope you are as excited about your 40th book as you are about the 20th. What an amazing feeling that must be.

My favorite part is when the story takes a different path. Not a path I've chosen but one that's off the beaten path and I have to pay close attention to the landmarks and try to keep up with the crazy characters that always seem to develop a mind of their own.


Man. I ran out of coffee this morning. This was not a good thing. So I'll take extra tomorrow.

Elle J Rossi

~Sia McKye~ said...
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~Sia McKye~ said...

Amelia, I've been remiss. I never answered your question.

I like that initial sizzle of the first meeting. I also like watching how the MC work through their problems.

Elle J Rossi said...

Oh no. Do you have a cold too? It seems as though everyone does.

Looking forward to the next post, Sia!


Anonymous said...

I loved this blog! It made me want to stay home and write instead of go to work.

Magdalena Scott

~Sia McKye~ said...

Elle, that's really bad! Violent crimes can happen as a result. I existed on coffee liberal shots of Alka-Seltzer plus. No fun.

Yah, I'm sick. No fever, but chills and just totally drained. I've been napping most of the day with high hopes of a better tomorrow. Hubs is sick was off Monday and will be taking off again tomorrow with it. Now young teen is coming down with something. Don't breathe on me people. lol! Tis the season.

Margay said...

I love all parts of the romance, but if I had to pick just one, I'd have to say it's the meeting. I love when they first get together - or first get back together. The way they meet, first react to one another, the first inkling of a romance...there's nothing like it.


TeaGee said...

That is SO awesome that you still get that giddy feeling everytime - I hope to someday get that! LOL


Anonymous said...

Magdalena, I totally agree!!

Terry Misner Dubbs