Monday, February 8, 2010

Confessions Of A Romance Author--WHY I Write Romance

My guest is, Holly Jacobs, award winning Romance author writing for Harlequin and Avalon.

Have you ever wondered: What draws an author to a certain genre? Holly talks about why she loves to write Romance.

I’m going to make a confession here...I love science fiction and fantasy. Love it. Battlestar Galactica was one of my favorite shows, and I’m hoping Caprica lives up to its predecessor’s reputation...oh, there is a good chance some of you are zoning out right about now. And you’re asking why a sci-fi geek is here to talk about romance. I’ll confess, I love science fiction, but I write romance.
  • Why?
Because it’s all about the people. And as a writer, that’s what I want to explore. Frankly, I could spend a lifetime trying to figure out love. And no dissing of science fiction here–but I think that understanding love is so much harder than understanding aliens.

Why do two people fall in love? Why will they work so hard to overcome obstacles? It’s a mystery. One I try to unravel for two characters at a time. No more. No less. Because each relationship has it’s own magic. Two people who are so similar they belong together. Two people who are so dissimilar, and yet the belong together. People who have to overcome horrendous obstacles to be together. People who are together so easily as friends only to discover they are more than that...and that discovery tends to beget new problems they never faced as friends. People who make love work despite crazy families, despite kids in the mix, despite...
Okay, you get the pictures. Love is inexplicable. It’s hard. It’s never the same.

  • That’s why I write romance!

Think about your friends. People you swore would be together for life and aren’t. People who had everything stacked against them and do make it. There’s no rhyme or reason to it. And that’s what I love to explore as an author.

This month’s release, A ONE-OF-A-KIND FAMILY features Liam, who’s shouldered the burden of caring for a very special brother, Colm. He’s created a comfortable life for them both–a safe life for them. Then Anna Chapel enters their lives and encourages Colm to expand his horizons.

Can Liam expand his horizons, too? Expand them far enough to include Anna?

Happy Valentine’s!

Confession time: What draws you to romance?

PS. I do love science fiction, but I do love reading romance, too! I wanted to be clear about that! LOL

Since selling her first book in 1997, Holly Jacobs has sold more than thirty books. Her first sale to Harlequin was a 2001 Duets book, I Waxed My Legs for This? and she's gone on to write for Silhouette Romance, Harlequin Flipside, Signature Select and Harlequin's new Everlasting Love line. Her category romances have made Waldenbooks' Bestseller List and won numerous awards, such as the Holt Medallion, Booksellers' Best, Golden Quill, Golden Leaf and Madcap Awards. Her 2004 book, Found and Lost, won Romantic Times BOOKreviews' award for Best Harlequin Flipside of 2004, and that year Holly received the same journal's prestigious Career Achievement Award for Series Love and Laughter. She's presented more than thirty workshops on a variety of writing related subjects ranging from topics like writing romantic comedy to time management across the U.S.


Mason Canyon said...

Enjoyed the post. Not really sure what draws me to romance. Sometimes I just want to read it, other times not so much. But in some ways romance is always in everything we read to a degree. I'd have to say the strange relationship that draws two people together is a little like science fiction.

Kat Sheridan said...

Great article! I started reading romance back in the 70s, when they were big, epic, sweeping novels that allowed a housebound housewife (me) to "travel" to every time period and all over the world. And in a bad relationship of my own, they gave me insight and hope that happy endings COULD happen. Flash forward, and now I'm in a long-term, happy relationship, in part because of reading romance--I never stopped looking for my own happily ever after, and refused to settle for less. Now I write it, in part because I STILL like being carried away to new places and times, and because with every word I write, it's a reaffirmation that happily ever after is out there for anyone who really wants it (no matter what obstacles life--or I, as a writer--throw in the way!)

HollyJacobs said...

Mason, LOL Yes, what makes a romance works does have a rather a bit of science fiction to it!

Kat,I believe in happily ever afters, too! My dh and I had so many things stacked against us, and here we are...almost thirty years later, still together! So, I know there's truth to my fiction!

VA said...

Hi Holly.

Easy - I like romance because the resolution is guaranteed to be pleasing, reassuring, and a validation of life's struggles.

I love literature in general. I love epic poems like Beowulf, Mabinogi, Gilgamesh, etc. I love Hemingway, Fitzgerald, HG Wells, and Ray Bradbury (,Vonnegut Jr., Ayn Rand, and list goes on and on. Sometimes I need the HEA, it makes me feel better about me, world in general, and my fellow inhabitants. It regrounds me to the basics of human interaction, love is a purity. And that purity is beautiful.

Huge Dr. Who fan here! *raises hand

Off to read an exerpt. Love the forum Sia. Cheers!

HollyJacobs said...

VA, I so want to watch Dr. Who. I keep meaning to Netflix it.

I think true readers! I've been known to read cereal boxes when desperate! LOL


Joselyn Vaughn said...

I like the selflessness of romances. The hero and heroine always end up being better people at the end of the book. They are living for someone other than themselves and maybe that's why they are happy.

Just finished reading Pickup Lines. A fun story.

HollyJacobs said...

Thanks for picking up Pickup Lines, Joselyn! I love the lightness of the Avalon stories. They're so much fun to write! And the Supers are so emotional. I guess that's another thing I love about romance...they can be so different!


~Sia McKye~ said...

Hey Holly! I've been a bit scarce due to internet problems. I didn't even offer you some good coffee or goodies, sheesh.

So, do you like to find unusual angles to write a story around, like with this one? Or does it just come to you as an intriguing idea and you write?

BTW, I love Sci-Fi. Can't write it but love to read it.

HollyJacobs said...

Hi, Sia! Sorry about the internet issues!

I tend to have some sort of theme in mind when I write a book. For instance,with A ONE-OF-A-KIND FAMILY it was the analogy that Love is a Front Porch.

The book I'm working on, working title, Somebody Else's Baby, is the phrase, Life Gives Second Chances...sometimes so does love.

I love having a theme for each gives my writing some focus!


Sheila Deeth said...

I love reading... science fiction, romance, historical. But I love how you explain romance as mystery. Now I'll now how to answer my son next time he asks why I love reading it.

HollyJacobs said...


Glad to help explaining things to your son! Speaking of sons and reading/writing romance...
My son is a big comic fan. One of my books was turned into Manga (think bigger comic books) in Japan. I asked him if I was cool now. He LOL

Even if you explain that romance is a mystery...more difficult to understand that aliens even, odds are you still won't be cool! LOL


~Sia McKye~ said...

Holly, I'm currently writing something my son loves as a subject of interest to him. "Really mom? Wait, does is it a romance?" yep. Aww mom, why do you have to ruin a perfectly good story with romance?"

Afraid I'm not *cool* either. lolol!

HollyJacobs said...

Sia, I'm sorry about your lack of coolness, too! I think it's pretty much a given for most moms! At least according to their kids! LOL


Tonya Kappes said...

Hi Holly!!
Happy Valentines Day!!
I love reading romance because it takes me away from the stresses of everyday life, such as; cooking, cleaning, getting my kids to various activities, laundry, groceries, you name it...

HollyJacobs said...

Tonya, It takes me away when I write it, too...from the same sort of things! LOL