All I Needed to Know About Life I Learned From Reading Romance Novels
I can trace many accomplishments back to romance novels, long before I ever dreamed of writing one. Growing up on a farm in eastern Kentucky with no neighbor kids around and only one TV station, books were my primary form of entertainment. Our tiny town didn’t have a public library, and there were no bookstores around, but I had a beloved aunt who visited twice a year and brought me bags and bags of novels, most of them sweet Harlequin romance novels and gothic romances by Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt. In the summertime, between my numerous chores, I averaged reading a book a day. My father would sometimes chide me to get my nose out of a book and go outside, but I would simply take my book outside to read under a tree!
The words transported me. Through romance novels I learned of people and places I’d never seen. I learned that women could have all kinds of adventures and occupations, all while finding love. I developed a good reading vocabulary through books because I was exposed to wonderful, picturesque words I would never have heard in everyday conversations or school lectures. My extensive romance-novel vocabulary took me to the tri-state spelling bee several times. I think I learned most of my world history through historical romance novels. Because reading begets reading, I excelled at school. My good grades were my ticket to a free ride to college. There were no career women in my family—my female career role models were in the books I read. I remember being especially inspired by Barbara Taylor Bradford’s A Woman of Substance about a woman who went from being the daughter of a servant to starting a tiny store and turning it into one of the world’s largest luxury department stores. After college I tackled the corporate world with the confidence of a woman who always knew I’d be there—I’d learned from the best, after all. Nothing seemed impossible.
When I was knee-deep into my corporate career, I met the love of my life and promptly married him (we’ve been married almost twenty years now). I don’t mind saying that I measured him against the heroes in all the romance novels I read and he certainly held up under the scrutiny! My husband is handsome, masculine, talented, ambitious, funny and kind. I was actually dating someone else when I met him, but he won me over with his humor and persistence. It was a few years later before the writing bug bit me—I knew immediately, of course, that I’d be writing romance novels. Even in my humorous mystery series, Body Movers, romance plays a big role in the story lines. Because I think a story is nothing without the romance—without the promise, without the hope.
So now that I’m an author my life is even more intertwined with romance novels! To this day my favorite pastime is still to settle down with a great romance novel. They never fail to entertain and inspire me. In hindsight, I’d have to say that the most important lesson I learned from romance novels is…that I am the heroine of my own life. _________________ Stephanie Bond has written over 40 romance and romantic suspense novels. She currently writes the humorous mystery series, Body Movers, in which an Atlanta woman works for Neiman Marcus by day, and helps her brother move bodies from crime scenes by night! Look for books 4, 5, and 6 to be released back to back in April, May, and June.
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