Read. It'll inspire you to write as well as the authors who came before you. -Jodi Picoult
Whyte Avenue here in Edmonton is a street that has many unique and high end boutiques, second hand bookstores, coffee shops and restaurants and my favorite place-The Junque Cellar. I discovered this store when I was single and carefree, living in a loft style apartment (that was well overpriced) just off of the popular street and I fell in love immediately. I'm not a sentimental person or someone who gets lost in nostalgia very often, but this store brought out a side of me I didn't know I had. Selling everything from old furniture from the sixties and seventies to records and old dishes-it was a wonderland of old, cool stuff.
And then way in the back of the store on several bookshelves I discovered them-Harlequin books from as far back as 1965:) I can't tell you how many hours I have spent standing in front of that shelf, reading the back blurbs, admiring the old covers...just touching them. (Weird, I know.) From the red rimmed pages to the old Harlequin logo and series number in the top left hand corner-they are perfect. The cover lists a price of 50 cents! And inside, written in pencil is the new inflated price of two dollars. At the time, I was poor but oblivious, so of course I spent grocery money on a bunch of them and these are the books, I can never part with.
Getting my first contract from Harlequin for a book I wrote, while surrounded by these old stories, was an amazing feeling. Writing category romance for a company as well established and known world wide for producing the best romantic stories anywhere is a great honor, but the thing I love most is that my book will be a part of a series. Therefore it doesn't matter how many times it may get reissued or reprinted in different formats...or if it goes out of print altogether-somewhere it will exist in a second hand bookstore (I pray in forty years they still exist) and an unsentimental twenty-something girl who'd rather read than eat may just pick it up and buy it-at an inflated price of course:) I wonder if there's a way to get royalties on that? lol