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Sunday, September 1, 2013
Day 1 of Romancing September Across The World Blog Tour
Welcome to Day 1 of the Romancing September Across The World Blog Tour. The question I put out to all of these authors was “What challenges do you face in writing romance in today’s society?”
Don’t forget to go over to Rosie Amber’s page and check out her page too. I’ll put the link at the bottom of this post.
Today my guest author is Marin Thomas. A big thanks to Marin for blogging with me today. Here is a little about Marin and her book Twins Under The Christmas Tree (The Cash Brothers Series) coming out October 2013.
What Challenges do you face writing romance in today’s society?
When I read your question my first thought was… each year I get older, but my heroines and heroes stay around the same ages.
Perhaps the biggest challenge for me in penning romance novels today is writing characters and plots that keep up with society’s ever-changing standards, morals, values, vocabulary and technology. What’s especially challenging at times is writing young children or teenagers. My kids are now twenty-one and twenty-two years old. I have to draw on my own memories of raising them, but when it comes to little details like toys, clothing, even diapers I have to do research to find out what the latest trends are or I might slip up and use a word, a product from the 1980s or 1990s that’s no longer available. I’m constantly Googling things as I write. For example in my October book, Twins Under the Christmas Tree, Miguel and Javier have a Christmas wish list. I had to Google top ten Christmas toys of 2012 to see what kids were playing with these days. And I have to remind myself that today’s characters communicate with iPhones, email, instant messaging, Facebook, Twitter and that many of them ask SIRI for help when they’re driving J.
Another challenge in writing romance today is keeping the stories relevant. They need to mirror the lives my readers are living. Today’s home and hearth books must reflect the challenges faced by couples today. My readers come from every sector of society and you can bet many of them have dealt with one or more of the following issues: blended families, multicultural relationships, gay or lesbian family members, single-parent homes with working mothers, raising kids with learning disabilities, raising troubled teens and confronting issues involving, drugs and sex, having to care for parents with Alzheimer’s, battling cancer, surviving natural disasters, the loss of a loved one in the military…I could go on forever.
I love writing home and hearth romances and I hope when my readers pick up one of my books that they’ll see that my hero and heroine struggle with many of the same issues they do. My heroes and heroines want the same things out of life that my readers do. And when my readers turn the final page in my book, I want my story to have restored their faith in the human spirit. It’s my fondest wish that all of my readers—no matter their background, educational level, upbringing, the car they drive, the house they live in, the clothes they wear—find their very own happy ever after!
Marin Thomas is a best-selling author for Harlequin American Romance. To date she has contracted 33 books, short stories and special projects for the line. Her current series is called The Cash Brothers, featuring six brothers all named after country western legends by their eccentric mother whose lifelong search left all her sons with different fathers.
She grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin and attended college at the University of Arizona where she played basketball for the Lady Wildcats and earned a B.A. in Radio-TV. Following graduation she married her college sweetheart in a five-minute ceremony at the historical Little Chapel of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over the years Marin, her husband and two children have lived in seven different states but have now come full circle and returned to Arizona where the rugged desert and breathtaking sunsets provide plenty of inspiration for her cowboy books.
Conway Cash is finally ready to settle down, and he has the perfect woman in his sights. The only thing is, he’s dead set against being a father—and Isi Lopez has twin four-year-old boys. When he finds himself roped into babysitting for them, life starts getting complicated!
Kids or no, Conway soon discovers he and Isi make a great couple. And hanging around with her kids isn’t so bad—that is, until they beg him to be their new daddy. The pressure is piling up for this formerly footloose cowboy…but with some luck, and a whole lot of Christmas spirit, Conway just may find himself in the center of his own ready-made family!