>Today’s post is a little different. Amelia Grey is an award-winning writer of historicals, but today, she’s here to tell you about a book about romance writers, including some of your favorite historical authors like Eloisa James and Teresa Medeiros. It’s a really different kind of book that I think you’re going to want to go out and buy the minute you finish reading this post! (Oh and she has a new historical, A Gentleman Never Tells, coming out June 2011, be sure to look for it!) Please welcome Amelia for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.
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Good morning everyone! Thank you, Monica for having me today on your blog to talk about how I put together my February book Fall In Love Like A Romance Writer.
It’s been a wild and crazy ride but worth every twist, turn, and roadblock that I’ve encountered. There were many times during the creative stage of this book that I was ready to give up and put the idea aside. I’m so glad I didn’t because I have collected 67 amazing stories from some of the most famous names in romantic fiction. It all started with, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if…”
The idea came to me like a flash of lightning—what if the women who write about fictional love every day told their readers their own personal romance story. I found this idea very intriguing. Could I get the authors to write a page, or two, or three about how they met the love of their life, or how they have made their love last through the years, or what makes love and romance timeless? After studying on the idea for a few days I talked it over with some of my best friends and everyone loved the idea. Within a few months I had stories from 17 fabulous authors, enough for my agent to send the proposal out to publishers. When HCI made an offer I was thrilled and frightened at the same time. We couldn’t go to print with less than twenty names so that meant I had to solicit some authors I had met but didn’t know well, and authors I had never met. Talk about intimidation—imagine emailing someone out of the blue and asking them to write about their true love. I was so nervous.
But I began my search of e-mail addresses of authors I didn’t know and finally had to resort to simply going to websites and contacting authors from there. If you didn’t get an e-mail from me it was probably because your spam filter ate it. It wasn’t easy trying to explain what I needed/wanted in such a short space, but I did my best. There were a few authors I never heard from, and I’m sure in most of those cases my e-mail simply didn’t go through. Some wrote back that they loved the idea but didn’t have the time to write anything which certainly is understandable. But after a couple of months, I had 67 authors all in varying stages of giving me what I needed for the book. I not only needed their story, I needed their picture and photo credit, bio, and a signed permission to publish form before I could put them into the book. It became quite hectic and once or twice comical keeping up with who had sent in what and who was complete.
Fall In Love
Like a Romance Writer …
reveals a glimpse into the exclusive and private world of over 65 authors. Don’t miss this amazing collection of true love stories from your favorite romance novelist written in their own words.
Some of the stories are heart-warming, some are inspiring, and others are filled with humor, but they are all sprinkled with that magical feeling of being in love.
That wasn’t all there was to putting the book together. Their stories needed to be categorized. I had several different ideas for how to do that. I considered making the sections into the wedding vows— To Have and to Hold/ For Better or For Worse/ For Richer, For Poorer/ In Joy or In Sorrow/In Sickness and In Health/ To Love and To Cherish/From This Day Forward/ Until Death Do We Part. I also gave attention to the idea of dividing the stories into the popular and very familiar romance categories of Sweet, Sensual, Inspirational, Romantic Comedy, Chick Lit, Intrigue, and Suspense. But as I read the stories over and over again, I realized they had their own themes without any machinations on my part.
So after you have read Monica’s latest thrilling fictional account of love, I hope you’ll turn to the pages of my February book Fall In Love Like A Romance Writer and read about how your favorite authors found true love. For a complete list of the fabulous sixty-seven authors featured in Fall In Love Like A Romance Writer visit http://www.ameliagrey.com/.
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About the Author
Amelia Grey grew up in a small town in the Florida Panhandle. She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for more than thirty-five years. She has lived in Alabama, Connecticut, New Hampshire and now lives in Panama City Beach, Florida.
Amelia has won the Booksellers Best Award and Aspen Gold Award. Writing as Gloria Dale Skinner she won the Romantic Times Award for Love and Laughter, the Maggie Award and the Affaire de Coeur Award for best historical. In June 2011 her 10th Regency A Gentleman Never Tells will be released and in November 2011 one of her earlier books, A Dash Of Scandal will be reprinted.