We all love Mags. Why? Well apart from the fact that she is an awesome author, she’s also the one who took us all under her wing and guided us through those tough writing times. If I had a question, I’d ask Mags. If I needed help…Mags. A shoulder to cry on or an ear to bend? You got it – Maggie.
Not only is she an extraordinary person, she has also single handedly initiated the Australian Romance Readers Convention. Without her, this exciting, groundbreaking conference, featuring hundreds of international and Aussie authors and readers would not be taking place in February.
To add to her wonderfulness, Mags will choose one reader who leaves a comment today to win a copy of Boys Down Under. So don’t be shy!!! Trust me – you want a copy of Boys Down Under.
I love her, and I’m sure you will too.
Hi Jess! Thanks so much for inviting me to chat at your blog today. It’s so exciting to have BOYS DOWN UNDER back on the published list. We had such fun when we were writing it ☺ I thought I might talk about a topic that is very dear to all of our hearts – reading romance!
I love romance and I’m proud of it!
You know before I became a romance writer I used to be a closet romance reader. There was no limit to the ends I would go to hide my secret addiction. I would read my treasured books in the privacy of my own bedroom. I would buy them from shops where no one I knew was likely to see me. I even, and I am really embarrassed to admit, bought birthday cards and mothers day cards along with the books and pretended to by getting them as gifts. Can you believe that? I was one sick puppy!
You know what it’s like. Those looks of amusement accompanied by those superior attitudes.
“Oh, you’re reading one of those books are you?”
Then, the heated blush would appear out of nowhere. My tongue would swell and dry at the same time and conveniently stick to the roof of my mouth.
“Ahh…yeth…well, no…ith’s a gift for my motttherrrr.”
Then came the knowing grin.
“Of course we all know those books are so degrading to women. And the stories are all the same. You know they all follow a strict formula. Anyone could knock one up on a weekend.”
And so it went for so many years. Holding magazines up over the book I was reading in the train so no one would see the cover. Spending a fortune on greeting cards I didn’t need.
But one day all that changed. I decided to write one of my own.
I found kindred spirits. Hundreds upon hundreds of women (and men) worldwide who shared my passion. They GOT me!
It was so amazing and such a relief to find out that I could converse about my favourite genre, or gorgeous hero in a safe environment where no one would show me scorn. Yippee!
It was empowering. And with power, came courage.
As my writing became more serious and I started to think about getting published, I found that I wanted to let people know.
“What do you do for fun?” people would ask.
“I write fiction stories,” I would answer.
An interested gaze would follow. “Really? That’s great! What sort of stories?”
This is when I would gulp, take a deep breath, and think to myself – what the heck…”I, er…I write romance stories.”
I would then sit back and wait for the snarky remarks but guess what happened?
“You do? That’s great.”
Then the person would move closer to me and whisper, “I love reading romances. They’re so relaxing aren’t they?”
And this was not an isolated response. Even the men I confessed my secret to were so very supportive. In fact one even asked me for help with his own romance novel.
Who would have thought?
These days I don’t hesitate at all. I tell everyone who asks (and many who don’t ☺) – I write hot erotic novels, and steamy suspense.
And you know what? I’m proud of it!
And just in case you’ve forgotten what the Boys Down Under cover looks like… 🙂
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