I don’t have to tell you how excited I was when RaeAnne’s publicist contacted me about reviewing her latest book, Woodrose Mountain, AND arranging for a guest blog post. I mean, really, how often do you have the chance to feature a USA Today bestselling author whose written a couple dozen awesome books?! I’ll post her book review next week. (For those who don’t know, I’m moving this week and will be without internet for a few days!)
I love happy endings. I love reading them and writing them. I suppose that’s no real surprise, since I’ve written forty romance novels, a few dozen short stories and handful of novellas in the last twenty years. I find something so beautiful and empowering in writing about two people struggling through challenges and sometimes pain on their journey to finding each other. That’s why I love romance novels and have been reading them since I was in junior high school.
I think what I love most about the genre is that no matter the kind of story, whether it’s about shape-shifting demons or cowboys or rogue dukes, that emotional journey toward trusting someone else with your heart inevitably ends with joy and the promise of unlimited happiness for the characters.
Over the years, the stories I’ve written have changed a little. I used to be drawn to romantic suspense, tales of heart-stopping intrigue and mystery and danger. I still love those kinds of books. But even when I was writing about scary situations, my books tended to focus most on the emotional impact those events had on my characters and their relationships with their families and friends. I suppose it was logical that my writing would shift over the years to more character-driven stories about community and family.
These days, my characters might no longer have to escape a vicious murderer or extricate themselves from a collapsing cave but they still have tough problems to overcome – the death of a spouse, a messy divorce, a child with a serious health condition.
The underlying message of all my stories, no matter the subgenre, is that while it is virtually impossible to walk on this earth and not endure some struggles and tough situations on your journey, joy and happiness can still be found if we make the effort to reach beyond our fears – whatever they might be.
My town of Hope’s Crossing, Colorado, has suffered in recent years with tragedy and loss. In my current book, Woodrose Mountain, the hero’s daughter was seriously injured in a car accident early in the first book of my Hope’s Crossing series, Blackberry Summer. My heroine, Evie Blanchard, must overcome fears of her own in order to help this young girl who needs her.
I loved writing about Evie and Brodie and was so thrilled to help them find their own happy ending!