I came to writing romance late in life (I won't tell you how late).
Now reading it? Oh my, I think I was reading before I learned to walk. Okay, I didn't start out with romance but I did start reading it fairly early. It was the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries at first and then I discovered romance -- probably around the age of ten. Does anyone remember Emily Loring or Grace Livingston Hill? I gobbled down every one of their wonderfully rich and inspiring stories.
I was even grounded as a teenager from reading because it was the only thing I wanted to do. Yep, I was that boring.
I was hooked. I veered from the path from time to time with straight suspense, horror and mainstream fiction, but I always returned to romance. Why? Because of the wonderful feel good qualities the stories always gave me. I knew, no matter what my brave heroines and heroes had to go through, in the end, love would triumph.
I love to close a book with a sigh of contentment. That HEA just makes my day brighter and my heart lighter.
So what about you? Why do you love romance? Why do you read it? Why do you write it? What brought you into the world of romance? What early authors inspired you? Who inspires you now?