Note from Amy: Today author Carol Marinelli is blogging about why her love of romance novels as part of Read-A-Romance Month, a month-long celebration of the genre we love! Why do YOU love reading romance? ~Amy
by Harlequin Presents author Carol Marinelli
I discovered romance novels when I was a teenager and I was hooked from the first page.
I was off sick from school – though I wasn’t really sick My parents had said that if I was ill enough to miss school then I had to stay in bed and they meant it. Sigh. I mooched around the house after they had gone to work and, worried they might pop home to check on me, I grabbed a few books from the bookcase and headed back upstairs.
The first romance I ever read was by Anne Weale. I wish I could remember the title but I can’t. What I do remember is looking up as the story ended – I had been gone from the world for three or four hours. Thankfully, I soon found out that there was an almost limitless supply of these wonderful books and hundreds more authors to discover.
For me the absolute joy or reading a romance, across the genres, is the promise of happy ever after.
I trust my favourite authors.
I have, at times, trusted them more than I trusted what was happening in my real life. I know that, no matter how hard the journey they are taking me on, love will prevail. I know that even if the hero is being a jerk, there will be a very good reason.
My favourite authors will give me a good cry and a few heart stopping moments but I can enjoy the journey knowing that it will end in a smile.
There is something very comforting about having a book to go to that guarantees escape during the rocky times. It is also lovely, during the not so bumpy times, to simply switch off and read.
Insomnia has been my constant companion for most of my adult life but now, instead of fighting it and willing sleep, I simply open up my ereader. There’s something rather lovely about dawn breaking as you finish a really good book. Instead of fighting my insomnia I’m actually rather grateful for it – I’ve travelled the world courtesy of my favourite authors. I’ve been wined and dined in the most fabulous restaurants as well as enjoying a few picnics along the way. I’ve been stuck on ledges on freezing mountains, lost in the desert, given birth in the outback and I’ve had a lot of fun picking out dresses and shoes!
Romance novels are my first drug of choice It’s a very nice addiction to have.
They are cheap, good for you and you always feel better afterwards.
Here’s to many more.
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Questions for the Author:
What authors would you recommend to readers?
What is the craziest or ugliest object in your house, and why do you keep it?
My children would say that my craziest object is my FlyLady timer. I have it next to me at all times and do many things in fifteen minute blocks. They simply don’t get how the world would stop and everything would crash if I didn’t live by the buzzer!
If there was a movie made about your life, what would it be called? (And just for fun, who would play you?)
What is the best non-monetary gift you ever received?
Coming home to an empty house after my first US conference to a guiltless note from my children and my dressing gown left out as they guessed I would be tired. I knew then I’d raised them right.
If you had to pick one romantic scene or couple to recommend to a first-time reader of YOUR books, which would it be? (Any picks for romance novels in general?)
I love my Russians! The first Russian I wrote was Levander Kolovsky – Expecting His Love Child. I can still smell him
About Carol Marinelli:
Carol Marinelli was born in England to Scottish parents, then emigrated to Australia, where there are loads of Scottish and English people who did exactly the same, so she’s very at home there.
She lives in the outer suburbs of Melbourne—pretty much in her car, driving her three children to their various commitments.
Carol first tried to write for Harlequin Mills & Boon while doing her nursing training in London. It was merrily rejected and she was devastated. Rejection became a regular friend over the next few years and she amassed quite a collection. Still, as the years moved on the rejections became more detailed and instead of weeping over them and scorning them, she finally read them. Properly.
In 2000 her first romance was accepted for the Medical Romance line and she lived happily ever after. Well, that’s what she thought would happen but actually, no, it was then that the hard work really began!
Once published she discovered the Romance Writers of Australia—it would, she now knows, have been far easier on this journey to have discovered them earlier. Attending her first conference she realized that she wasn’t the only person who lived with a constant cinema happening in her head—in fact they were all THE SAME! Different but the same and many wonderful friendships were made.
Carol now writes for both the Medical Romance and Presents lines and loves them both.
One of her goals is to attend the Romance Writers of America conference with a few Romance Writers of Australia, which is a very nice goal to have.