Hey folks, help me welcome today’s virgin, Theresa Romain, here to pimp her regency romance debut, Season For Temptation, which was published in October 2011. The sequel, Season For Surrender, will be published in October 2012.
Like me, Theresa pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. Unlike me, she put it to use by going on to work for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She now lives with her family in the Midwest and lives online at http://theresaromain.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
Here’s a taste of her fabulous debut:
Julia Herington is overjoyed when her stepsister, Louisa, becomes engaged—to a viscount, no less. Louisa’s only hesitation is living a life under the ton’s critical gaze. But with his wry wit and unconventional ideas, Julia feels James is perfect for Louisa. She can only hope to find a man like him for herself. Exactly like him, in fact…
As the new Viscount Matheson, James wished to marry quickly and secure his title. Kind, intelligent Louisa seemed a suitable bride… Until he met her stepsister. Julia is impetuous—and irresistible. Pledged to one sister, yet captivated by another, what is he to do? As Christmas and the whirl of the London season approach, James may be caught in a most scandalous conundrum, one that only true love, a bit of spiritous punch—and a twist of fate—will solve…
Take it away, Theresa!
You Can’t Do It Alone
Just like the title says: you can’t do it alone. That goes for most firsts, whether…ahem…or a job you get on a tip from a friend, or a scarf you* knit once your aunt shows you how to hold the needles.
Writing is no different. We often think of it as a solitary act, but it takes a lot of support to get that time alone with our writing implements. Charles Dickens had ten children, and I can guarantee you they weren’t underfoot while he was writing the Victorian era’s most popular novels. Thoreau, that ultimate get-away-from-it-all fellow who wrote Walden in a tiny house near a beautiful lake, was living on land that belonged to his good friend Emerson.
What do I have in common with Dickens and Thoreau? Well, we all have vowels in our names. We all have (or had, in their cases) dark hair. And we couldn’t be writers without help from others.
Allow me to elaborate.
I’ve been in the habit of writing nonfiction for a while, but while I was pregnant with my daughter, I developed a strange new craving. Not for pickles in peanut butter, but for fiction. I gorged on novels like never before, and I eventually decided I had to try writing one. Being a history lover, and a love lover, naturally I turned my hand to historical romance. I wrote approximately half a novel, and then…
Then I had the baby. So there was this baby to take care of all the time. I still had a job to go to every day, and laundry every evening, and the ceaseless needs of an infant at every point in between. When could I possibly write?
I posed this question to my husband as an information-seeking endeavor. I’m not sure what I expected him to say. “Get up earlier,” maybe, or “Write on your lunch hour.” (I did try those things. They were more successful than wishing for the words to appear by magic, but not by much.) But he surprised me, because what he actually said was, “I’ll put the baby to bed every night, and you can write during that time.”
That sounded pretty good to me. So with Mr. R’s support, an evening at a time, that half-novel became a whole one. Then it became revised. Then it became revised again and again. Then it became my historical romance debut, SEASON FOR TEMPTATION, and several other projects followed it. The baby stopped being a baby quite a while ago, but this is (approximately) still our family routine.
I write by myself, but I couldn’t do it alone.
*And I do mean you. Not me. I have been found by a panel of experts to be incapable of learning to knit.
What’s something you tried to do alone and realized you needed help with? Do you ask for help, or take it when it’s offered? Whether you seek out support or like to be a lone wolf, let us know. I’ll give a signed copy of SEASON FOR TEMPTATION to one random commenter!