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Think of all the loves in your life. If you’re lucky, romantic love is a part of that picture. If you’re even luckier, it’s just a part. Throughout my career, I’ve become known for writing romance novels that make women sigh, and that make women laugh. I’ve been gratified to see my books go as high as #5 on the New York Times bestsellers list, and Booklist has put me on three of their annual Top 10 lists.
I love writing about romantic love, but I’m excited that I now have the opportunity to explore different types of love stories in women’s fiction novels such as this month’s ALREADY HOME. Because that’s what ALREADY HOME is, at heart – a love story. But it’s about the love between a woman and her two mothers.
After a painful divorce, my heroine, Jenna returns home to be comforted by her mother. She gets more mothering than she bargained for when her birth mom shows up unexpectedly and insists on being a part of Jenna’s life.
Of course, things don’t go smoothly. That wouldn’t be any fun! What makes writing – and reading – so much fun is that love always comes with conflict. (Let me rephrase that – in real life, love almost always comes with conflict. In compelling fiction, it always does.) As a writer, I torture people for a living. And my readers love it!
I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing romance. I love it too much. The first heated look, heavy with meaning and desire. The first kiss. The first time the heroine realizes that she would give anything for the chance to spend her life with the man who’s been driving her crazy. Even in my women’s fiction, I can’t resist including a few of those delicious moments. Jenna’s love interest is pretty fabulous. And there’s also a fun dynamic happening between Jenna’s newly found brother and the assistant manager at her store.
Tell me about the loves in your life, romantic and otherwise. Who are the people who mean the most to you?
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