Saturday, March 21, 2015

Why I read and write romance novels

Unlike many romance readers, I didn’t discover the genre by finding one of my mom’s Danielle Steele or Nora Roberts novels while in junior high school. Honestly, my mom preferred horrors by Stephen King, which I was never able to get into. While I didn’t read the same novels as my mom, I was always an avid reader. Throughout much of high school I gravitated towards science fiction, fantasy and suspense novels. Then, one day I was looking at books in Walden’s Bookstore and found A Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey, a book that I have read more times than I can count. From then on, I was hooked.

Today, I believe that the romance genre as a whole is the best genre available, and I don’t say that just because I write contemporary romance. Rather, I feel this way because it is the most diverse genre out there. No matter what your tastes you can find a romance novel to fit the bill. Myself, I prefer contemporaries such as those written by Brenda Novak, romantic suspense like those released by Julie Ann Walker, historical by wonderful authors such as Julia Quinn and Hannah Howell, and paranormal/time travel by such authors as Jessica Andersen and Lynn Kurland.

While these are all my preferences, there are so many more subgenres to pick from that you could read a different type of romance each week of the year and still not exhaust your options. How many other genres can you say that about? None.

In addition to having favorite types of romance novels, I also have favorite types of heroes. Since my first series is titled The Sherbrookes of Newport and each title contains the word billionaire, you can probably guess I like novels with wealthy heroes. My second series revolves around a small town on the north shore of Massachusetts. Guess what? I like heroes that I could easily meet in town. Personally, I am not much of cowboy fan, but I do love my military heroes.

What about all of you? When did you fall in love with romance novels? What are favorite types?

Blurb and buy links

Hometown Love book two in the Love On The North Shore Series

Everyone in North Salem thinks they know Jessie Quinn. She is the town’s quintessential girl next door. The woman you can always turn to when you need a helping hand. Nobody knows that she’s spent years overcoming the emotional scars left by her last boyfriend.

As a single dad and task force officer with the FBI, Mack Ellsbury moves back to North Salem to be closer to his family, not to find love. Then Jessie Quinn returns to his life. Soon Mack no longer sees Jessie as the quiet girl he once tutored in high school but rather the woman he is falling in love with.

Mack’s love helps Jessie erase the scars she’s carried around for so long, but when his ex-wife decides she wants reconciliation, their relationship is put in jeopardy.

Author Bio

I started writing at the age of 10 on my grandmother's manual typewriter and never stopped. When I am not driving my 3 daughters (ages 7, 5, and 5) around to their various activities or chasing around our three dogs, I am working on a story or reading a romance novel. Currently, I have two series out, The Sherbrookes of Newport and Love on The North Shore. You can visit my website or follow me on Facebook to learn more about my characters and to track my progress on my current writing projects.

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Twitter: @cgricci


christina said...

Good morning Chris. Thank you for letting me visit today!

Unknown said...

I'm drawn to the story and characters as well as finding the 'happily ever after' to be optimistic and uplifting.