Why I Write About Love and Other Mushy Stuff

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. Ingrid Bergman

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. Plato

As all my readers know, I am a romance author, which means I get to write about falling in love and all the euphoria, passion and intimacy that goes along with it.
What a lot of my readers don’t know about me is that I’m a tomboy for lack of a better word. I think there’s a misconception that romance writers tend to be ultra-feminine, girlie girls.
In my case that couldn’t be further from the truth. I enjoy being outdoors and since my husband started working at a popular outdoor/sporting goods store we try to camp, hike and bike as often as we can.
Since I am a low-maintenance gal by design, I rhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifarely wear makeup and tend to dress in flannel shirts, yoga pants, t-shirts and knock-off L.L. Bean waterproof boots.
So how (and why) does a non-girlie girl write about mushy stuff?
It’s fun! I am a romantic at my core and always feel a bit like I’m paying cupid when I “fix my characters up” together in each book I write.
Also, love is universal. It’s something that almost everyone can relate to.
There’s another reason I write romance over any other genre. I get to write about attraction. I’m no scientist, but I like to think I am a master of chemistry.
While I adore writing about the wonderful dynamics between a man and a woman, I must admit my favorite scene to write in each story is the moment when “boy meets girl.” I love seeing the spark between two people.
Earlier this week, I released such a scene from my work in progress on the “Projects” page on my blog. If you’d like to read the excerpt from my current writing project, click here.

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