So, like I said, I'm a romance writer. And I was wondering, over the weekend as I watched the darts, whether I should, as a romance writer, have a certain kind of image. I mean, Barbara Cartland had the ultimate romantic image didn't she? All decked out in pink with every photograph of her taken in soft focus. Then there's Jackie Collins, who just oozes glamour and style. And then there's me. A 40-something darts-obsessed rock music fan with a tattoo who lives in jeans and t-shirts and whose favourite footwear are her biker boots! Glamourous? Hardly! Romantic? Not particularly. I come from the North East of England and I'm married to a bloke from Sunderland so as far as romance is concerned it's in short supply round here!
Would I like a bit of romance in my life? Oh God, yes! Just because I watch darts, like the odd lager and never wear a dress unless absolutely forced to it doesn't mean to say that I wouldn't love to be swept off my feet in some spontaneous, romantic gesture and made to feel totally special. And that hasn't happened in a long time, believe me! Round here the words "shall we get a take-away?" can be considered a romantic gesture!
|'No Matter What' - my first romance novel.|
So, should I have an image? I don't really think I need one, I think I'll let my books do the talking. They give me an opportunity to live that crazy, wild life and mix with characters straight out of a very vivid imagination because creating characters for my romance novels is something I absolutely adore! The genre of romance gives you the chance to make these people so out-of-this-world, real fantasy figures and I love that! And in a tiny way, writing about these people I've created, and giving them experiences I could only dream of, it's quite theraputic. Cathartic almost. I may never have that romantic, swept-off-my-feet moment in real-life, but I can make it happen in the pages of my book. And that's good enough for me.
So, if you like your romance sexy and scandalous you might want to check out an excerpt from 'No Matter What' HERE, and see just where all that inspiration and imagination has been channelled. Because, like I said, deep down inside I think all women crave romance in some form or another - some are even lucky enough to experience it for real, but for those of us who aren't, thank God for the fantasy world of the romantic novel...
No Matter What is available to download from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com