Creosote, Cactus and Romantic Conflict

by Dana Grimaldi, Associate Editor

A couple weeks ago I traded “springtime” in Toronto for the glorious sunshine of Tucson, Arizona. Heartwarming author Patricia Forsythe had asked me to speak to the Saguaro Romance Writers—Tucson’s chapter of the RWA—and I was delighted to accept!
March in the Greater Toronto Area--still winter coat weather
I’d never been to Arizona before, and it seemed like a different world. Gorgeous blue skies, mountains in the distance and cacti everywhere! After months of snow, ice and freezing temperatures, the warm weather was a bit of a shock.
At the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, we saw the raptor free flight, where Patti, LeAnne Bristow and I had to duck as hawks swooped by overhead. We played Where’s Waldo in the hummingbird aviary, spotted a camera-shy roadrunner and saw some fluffy prairie dogs.

The next day, I talked to the Saguaro Romance writers about how to add lots of conflict to a romance novel as well as how to catch an editor’s eye. I always love talking to authors! It’s fascinating to hear about an author’s work-in-progress and it’s so exciting to let people know what I’m looking to acquire for Harlequin Heartwarming and Harlequin Dare.

And speaking of Heartwarming, there are four new Heartwarming books out this week: A Rancher to Remember by Karen Rock, Holiday Kisses by Anna J. Stewart, Her Unexpected Hero by Cheryl Harper and The Soldier’s Valentine by Pamela Tracy. If you’re looking for an escape, whether it’s from freezing “spring” weather or tax season, these books are perfect! And if you’ve got any suggestions for books that have a vibrant setting—stories that take you to a different world—I’d love to hear about them!


Comments

  1. I love those photos! That look on your adorable dog's face says, "What? You're not taking me to warmer weather with you?" :). That owl photo is super cool. Congrats to all the April authors!

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  2. Hi Dana! It was so great getting to see you here in Arizona. You'll have to come back soon. And I loved hearing you talk about conflict. It gave me great ideas for my WIP.

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  3. It sounds like a great trip. I'm sure the writers appreciated your presentation, and I'm glad you had good weather. I'll have to go see the Raptor flight sometime.

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  4. It looks like you had a wonderful time! I'm sure the authors at the Tuscon chapter loved spending the day with you and hearing your take on writing and publishing.

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  5. What a trip--gorgeous photos. Congratulations to our April authors!

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  6. Coming late to your blog, but I'll add how glad I am that you enjoyed your trip to Tucson. The workshops you gave were really helpful. You took some nice photos.

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  7. I tried like crazy to get to Tucson to hear you but life interfered. ARG. Yes, Arizona in the winter is amazing. So glad you got to visit.

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