by Johanna Raisanen, Editor, Harlequin Heartwarming
Dear Heartwarming authors and friends,
I’m writing this post not long after coming home from the national conference of the Romance Writers of America. Four days of workshops, meetings, lunches and parties! My absolute favorite part is talking with authors about their books, their careers, their lives. There’s something very special about the author-editor relationship, and it’s a relationship I cherish.
I love talking about story structure, characterization, plot and all that’s involved in the craft of writing. I do my best to work in collaboration with authors, and it’s always so gratifying to see how a simple comment or suggestion of mine is taken by an author, she runs away with it and makes her book even better! I love seeing how her creativity takes flight.
I’m always mindful of the fact that the story is the author’s; my role is to help make the book be the best it can be.
While I admit to being quite the book nerd (and I mean that in the best way possible!), I also relish the chance to see authors in person at the RWA conference and talk about other stuff, too. I get to hear about their kids, where they live, and quite often bond over a mutual love of pets. Then there’s the Harlequin party on Friday night, always kicked off with “It’s Raining Men.” What a fun night!
I’m already looking forward to next year!
In the meantime, here are August’s Heartwarming titles. Enjoy!