Friday Spotlight: Cate Masters

Leave ‘em Smiling

One of the things I love about romance is its positivity. Especially in these tough times, you know if you pick up a romance, you’ll escape from the drudgery of everyday life to an adventure, or a fantasy, or mystery, or inspirational, or a hot read—any one of which will leave you blissfully satisfied. Sales statistics bear this out. Romance is one of the few genres on the upswing when all else is in decline.

One of the best experiences as a writer is to hear back from a reader who loved one of my stories because it resonated with her in some way. Putting all my heart into my writing creates a shared positive experience between author and reader.

As Maya Angelou said: “The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.” Though a poet, I’m sure Maya understands that every great book has a love story at its core. As a genre, romance novels often get a bad rap, but just as often, it’s from those who haven’t looked at a romance novel since decades ago, when they were labeled “bodice rippers.” More likely, they’ve never read one themselves, but are echoing someone else’s opinion. It’s their loss, I say.

Nora Roberts said romance novels “are a celebration of relations, finding love, overcoming obstacles, and making commitments. I think that is something very worthy of respect. They’re not just about naked pirates, although what’s wrong with a naked pirate now and again?” I can’t think of anything, can you? 😉

Have a wonderful weekend! Read a romance novel!

Comments

  1. Hi Cate, The first time that I wrote an Author, I didn’t think that I would get a response back. I was surprised and happy to know she liked hearing from me. Since then I have written several more writers and have received responses from them all except one. I’ve even become email friends with a few. If I like a book I let the writer know and othes should too.

  2. I personally didn’t read romance until my late 20’s, when my cousin recommended a Jo Beverley to me. There’s probably a romance subgenre that is just perfect for an unknowing reader – if she knew where to find it. Recommendations can help bridge that gap and may lead to a whole new world for many.

  3. That’s wonderful, Dena! I’m sure most authors appreciate hearing from readers. I know I’d love to hear from more.
    I have to admit, Julia, I was late coming to romance, too, but since I have, I love it. I had no idea how much the genre had expanded. I especially love writing it.

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