The very beginning.
Allow me share with you my fondness for vintage typewriters.
This is my first purchase. My second one arrives today, an Underwood N0. 5.
Smith and Corona were actually my original writing buddies. I started out on a portable that I toted to a shady spot under a tree in my backyard. At fourteen, I was thrilled to be able to chronicle my love of romance on the typewritten page.
My romance career began when I stumbled upon books like: Beanie Malone by Lenora Mattingly Weber, and Sue Barton, Visiting Nurse, by H.D. Boylston, at my local library.
One of my all-time favorites as a young teen was a book called Something Foolish, Something Gay, by Glen and Jane Sire.
But I truly knew my calling was to write romance after reading Rosamund Du Jardin’s books. Her Marcy Rhodes collection included Wait for Marcy, Marcy Catches Up, A Man for Marcy and Senior Prom. And then there was the teenage hero Brose Gilman of the Tobey Heydon series. After all these years, I still have a crush on Brose Gilman (Sigh).
As a young adult I devoured all of Emilie Loring’s books which were set in the World War II era.
From there I discovered historical romance and scoured bookstores for the entire Angelique series by Sergeanne Golan, and I soon fell in love with Jude Devereaux and the Montgomery and Taggart families.
A short leap later, and I was on to contemporaries--Janet Daily and all 50 states.
Today I am collecting the gently used editions of some of those first romance favorites. I have all the Love Swept’s that Deb Dixon wrote and even an original Harlequin Temptation, by Jennifer Crusie.
Like my Underwood typewriter those books aren’t old, they’re simply classics.
It’s fun to think back to all those authors who turned me into a romance reader, setting the stage for romance writing.
Take a trip back to your beginnings, back to your first reads, and those breathtaking moments when you fell in love with a classic romance.
Who were your first writing buddies? Your first writing loves?