Happy Valentine's Day by Patricia Forsythe
It’s such a thrill to be the one who gets to blog on Valentine’s Day. This is a special day for romance writers because our whole reason for being is to tell stories of romantic love, which is what Valentine’s Day celebrates. This day is really special to me because it was on February 14, 1984 that I learned I’d sold my first romance to Silhouette Books. Yes, I’ve been around for that long. At that time, I had a writing partner, Barbara Jean Hicks, who has gone on to write some wonderful children’s books.
We heard the good news about our sale at a meeting held by a Silhouette editor and featuring authors Nora Roberts, Dixie Browning, and Barbara Faith who talked about ‘How to Write a Romance’. The editor was specifically looking for submissions to an inspirational romance line, which was what Barbara Hicks and I had submitted. When we introduced ourselves, the editor’s response was, “Oh, yes, I remember your names. We want to buy your book.”
We jumped up and down and shrieked in her face, then Barbara broke all land speed records as she drove us home so we could tell our families what had happened.
In many ways, romance novels have changed drastically in thirty three years, but in the best ways, they have stayed the same. They still tell the story of the journey of two people to a loving, committed relationship. In spite of the bad things that happen in the world, all the people who are hurt by those who once claimed to care about them, we humans still believe in love.
I hope this day is a very special one for you!
Patricia Forsythe is the author of many romances, both traditionally and electronically published. Her most recent release is The Husband She Can’t Forget, book two in her Oklahoma Girls series, which was released this month. Book number one, At Odds With The Midwife was released in November 2016, and book three, His Twin Baby Surprise in May 2017.