What are you reading at the beach this summer? A hot sultry romance? a wishful Gothic love story? an urban romance?
Might I push further if you said “no” to the above questions – are you hiding the latest Danielle Steel behind the pages of the New York Times on your train ride to work so no one sees you?
Keep in mind all list can be subjective and not inclusive. However, this list reflects some major “muscle” in this genre through the years.
Did you know none of the novels published in her lifetime gave her name. Even Pride And Prejudice only said by: “The Author of Sense And Sensibility”.
Jane Eyre was an instant bestseller when published in 1847, and has never been out of print.
Struggling novelists can take heart from the example of Wuthering Heights: publishers so consistently rejected the novel, that Emily Brontë paid the substantial sum of 50 pounds to have it published. It met with no popular or critical acclaim, and she died believing it had failed.
Mitchell suffered an ankle injury that ended her career as a journalist. Her husband John Marsh would bring armloads of books home from the library to entertain her during convalescence. One day he brought home a Remington Portable No 3 typewriter and suggested she write her own book. She immediately started working on a Civil War-era novel with a protagonist named Patsy O’Hara, occasionally using parts of the manuscript to prop up a wobbly couch.
Readers responding to a poll by Random House rated The Time Traveler’s Wife one of 15 “future classics,” alongside books such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Catch-22.
June 1994, Sparks began a manuscript that would become The Notebook. When he finished in early 1995, Sparks, living in Greenville, South Carolina, found an agent, who found him a publisher. Within a very short span of time, Sparks went from being a relative unknown to being a writer with a book deal and $1 million movie rights contract.
Over the last 30 years, an average of 27 Nora Roberts books were sold every minute. Nora Roberts’ books are published in over 34 countries.
She began her serious writing career in 1976. Her debut novel, The Enchanted Land, was published under her pen name in 1977. Although Jude had no prior intention of writing professionally, the warm reception of her first novel made her quit teaching in order to pursue writing full-time.
The female protagonists in her novels are characterized for their peculiarities. At first – they tend to seem to be simple and clumsy and have a proclivity to get into trouble. However, as the plot progresses they would appear in a whole new light as charming, insightful and strong-willed people.
Prior to her career as a writer, Ms. McNaught enjoyed success in the fields of radio, motion pictures and finance. Among her varied experience, she was the first female executive producer at a CBS radio station, assistant director of a film crew, a comptroller of a major trucking company, president of a temporary employment agency and president of an executive search firm.
Sigh… no chocolates, no snow outside, or a roaring fire to warm up by as we huddle under a blanket with the latest Nora Roberts as many of us like to do in February.
We are fast approaching the steamy “dog days of Summer.” The heat is still here… whether in a bathing suit, or in a hammock with a glass of lemonade, kick back your heels, take some time and relax with a pile of romance novels by your side, or ebooks loaded up on your kindle from GPL!
And join more than 70 million people in the USA alone who read at least one romance novel per year!