I've just turned eighty-three. That's right, 83. And let me tell you, these old bones have seen many moons and written many a tale. In the illustrious world of romance novels, I've been around the block more times than the neighborhood stray cat!
In the past three decades, the face of romance writing has changed more than my prescription glasses! You see, when I started, my biggest worry was keeping the typewriter ribbon fresh. Now, I've got a nifty device called a computer, which apparently has nothing to do with making coffee. Go figure!
Writing romance in the '90s? It was all about long flowing hair, heaving bosoms, and tall, dark, mysterious strangers. These days, it’s about kick-butt heroines who run their own companies, save the world, and whip up a mean gluten-free vegan meal all before the second chapter.
The internet came along, and our characters stopped sending letters, and started texting each other instead. I had to learn a whole new language for that. OMG, it’s BRB, LOL, and TTYL now. It took me three months to realize that "LOL" doesn't stand for "Lots of Love." The times, they are a-changin'!
The once delicate dance of courtship in my early novels has given way to swipe rights and dating apps. My heroes used to climb balconies; now they just slide into DMs. How less poetic, but oh, so much easier on the knees!
There's a whole universe of sub-genres I never saw coming. Who would have thought we'd be swooning over werewolves, vampires, and time-traveling highlanders? And don't get me started on those billionaire bad boys and their charming antics!
But hey, don't get me wrong. I'm not complaining about these changes, not one bit. Because beneath the LOLs, the swiping, and the supernatural, the heart of romance hasn't changed. It's still all about that sweet tug at your heartstrings, the flutter in your stomach, and the yearning for a happily ever after.
So, here I am, eighty-three years young, still writing, still learning, and most importantly, still believing in the magic of love. And I have to admit, navigating the modern quirks of romance has been a hoot!
Here's to another year of embracing change and creating stories that make hearts throb, no matter how old they might be. After all, romance, much like a fine wine, only gets better with age.
Till then, my lovelies, LOL (and I do mean Lots of Love)!
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5/23/2023 11:28:26 am
Happy 83rd Jackie! And thank you for all the helpful posts on publishing and writing. I've been the benefactor of your experience and willingness to share. GG
5/24/2023 06:15:36 am
A very Happy Birthday! Love your books no matter the decade. You're the best! Love ya, Jerri
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