Romance – my addiction of choice … by Desiree Holt

DesireeHolt200x263Okay, okay, so I’m a sucker for a happy ending. But here’s how I look at it. Every day there is so much pain and misery in the world, not to mention the problems we face dealing with everyday life. When I curl up with a book, I want to know that the ending will be happy and satisfying and the hero and heroine will end up together. Oh, their road to happiness will certainly be filled with rocks and thorns. Where’s the fun in having them meet, fall in love and just trot off into the sunset? And who’d believe it , anyway?

Because romance, for all that it’s fantasy, also has to be grounded in reality. The readers I know who love romance want to change places with the heroine. They want to meet the hero, flawed though he may be, and be the woman he falls in love with. They want to be tall, short, thin, curvy, blonde, brunette, redhead—something they are not in real life. Because even in the happiest and most fulfilling relationships, there is always the desire to dream and fantasize. Romance gives women that opportunity.

I didn’t come to the romance genre at once, though. I thought I would write mysteries, because that’s what I read growing up. But when I finally sat down to write that first book, I could not get past chapter three. Then I read my first romantic suspense and I thought, This is what I am going to write. I wrote that first book in an effort to create my own hero like the one I’d fallen in love with—dark, dangerous, self-controlled except in bed. A bad boy who did good. And so sexy I wanted to find a way to bring him to life.

It certainly wasn’t all skittles and beer after that, though. There were far fewer opportunities to “break the barrier,” so to speak, then there are now. Self publishing wasn’t even on anyone’s horizon. But I plugged away at it (totally necessary) and eventually got my first break. Others followed. And as my backlist grew along with my readership,. I discovered I could spread my wings and test other subgenres.

Maybe it was my age. I was seventy years old when my first book was published, arriving at a time in life where I didn’t feel constrained to be bound by strict rules. I read two romances about wolf shifters and fell in love with the genre. Five series have been born of that. I love the wolf. I think he is a magnificent, romantic animal so writing about wolf shifters was easy for me.

2015_Holt_DH_RawEdgeofDanger_KindleI enjoy action adventure movies and television, and read thrillers by several authors, so it was natural for me to say, okay, let’s try that subgenre. And what fun that turned out to be. No one told me I couldn’t do it, because by then the marketplace had changed drastically. I loved creating those darkly adventurous men who jumped out of helicopters, fought terrorists and took down the bad guys. And of course, were incredible lovers. As a writer I was free to let my imagination run wild and I did, drawing with words the kind of heroes I wanted to drag into my house and lock the doors!

Then I got a little more adventurous, and created heroines I wanted to be myself. They practiced at gun ranges, were crack shots, could take down criminals without blinking an eye. And were rewarded with a romance that sizzled their toes.

It has been and continues to be such fun letting my imagination run wild. As I said before, you reach an age where you ignore restrictions and create in the pages of your stories the kind of life experiences you’d like for yourself. And romance is really the only genre where you can do this unfettered.

I’ve met a lot of people on my journey. I should probably dig out my tee shirt that says, Careful or you’ll end up in my next book. Because that happens so often. I meet interesting or good looking people and immediately start creating a story line for them.

But let’s complete the circle and get back to romance. In a romance story you can push the boundaries, give your imagination free rein, write scenes that your readers can live vicariously. As you get older, it becomes so much easier to do that. To “cast off the bonds of restriction.” To write yourself into a story, playing out your fantasy.

Do you have a story in your head? A character you’d love to create? Or meet? Then sit down and put your fingers on your keyboard. Let your imagination flow and go wild. I promise the end result will be worth it.

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Known as the oldest living author of erotic romance, Desiree Holt has produced more than two hundred titles in nearly every subgenre of romance fiction. Her stories are enriched by her personal experiences, her characters by the people she meets. After fifteen years in the great state of Texas, she relocated back to Florida to be closer to members of her family and a large collection of friends. Her favorite pastimes are watching football, reading, and researching her stories.

Learn more about Desiree and her novels at her website and blog. She can also be found on Facebook and her Facebook author page, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, and Goodreads.

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10 thoughts on “Romance – my addiction of choice … by Desiree Holt

  1. Thanks for the fun blog. I can’t believe you have time to write anything besides your books! (Or even breathe or eat!) I so enjoyed hearing you speak at the RMFW conference in the fall.

  2. Desiree, So great to hear from you again! I loved your workshop on character building at CO Gold, and aspire to your energy from the conversations we shared (Go Blue!). I think there is so much more to learn from you–from your reporting days with multiple publications at a time, to producing a constant flow of stories and idea for characters and situations from everyone you meet today. Thanks for a revealing post about character driven plots.

  3. Hi Desiree, again thank you for that wonderful breakfast meeting we had at the RMFW conference. I loved this article and spoke to me quite directly. Using your guidance and the R&R letter from Entangled Press, I am getting close to finishing the revision. It has taken a long time because of the brain injury, but I think it’s terrific. I take your words to heart and write with abandon. Thank you again. Happy holidays and may the new year be a blessing.

  4. Thanks so much for being our guest today, Desiree! I especially enjoyed your speech at Colorado Gold and this post because I didn’t start writing seriously until I’d retired from my real world job. You inspire me!

  5. Hi Desiree! I sat in on one of your sessions at GOLD and really enjoyed it! I admire your work for many reasons! Thanks for bravely writing what inspires you and sharing your knowledge with the rest of us!

  6. Hi Desiree! You are always so motivational and supportive of all writers, and an absolute inspiration to those still looking to publish their first book. Thanks for all you do!

  7. Desiree, thank you for this blog! I always felt that I wasn’t a ‘real’ writer because I preferred writing romance novels and even received the same criticism from friends and colleagues. This blog makes me feel that what we write is important. Romance is important, being able to create strong women and engaging situations is important. And the market for romance proves that there are people who enjoy it though they may be afraid to admit it at your book club. Thank you, thank you, thank you…It’s so comforting and empowering to be able to share the field with someone like you.

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