Francine Pascal. Diana Gabaldon. Jane Austen. Stephenie Meyer.
What do these talented writers have in common? They introduced me to romance!
I spent the weekend trying to pinpoint the exact moment romance as a genre got me. You know, when you first fell in love with fictional love, and wanted to get high on it again, and again?
It was gradual for me. It was Sweet Valley High and the love lives of twins Elizabeth and Jessica. It was discovering that Mr. Darcy was (shock and awe) actually pretty darn hot. And it was falling in love with Jamie and Claire in Outlander.
I laid out the journey below. Do you see any oldies that you recognize?
By book six in my chart I knew I was hooked. I inhaled twelve historical romances one summer break (”The Summer I Turned into a Binge Reader” would be my version of the Amazon TV show).
And then I discovered Mariana Zapata, and she led me to Kindle Unlimited… and there were some lovely indie romances just patiently waiting for me to discover them.
It was the start of a love affair and a career.
What book introduced you to the romance genre? I'd love to hear your journey!