After Amy approached me to read and review her novel, Take This Regret, I knew within a few chapters that I was reading something very special. I stretched out my reading of the novel over several days simply because I quickly grew so attached to the characters, and to Amy's writing - so much so that I partnered with Amy to host an e-book giveaway of Take This Regret, which is going on now! Please head on over to check that out once you read Amy's guest post on the subject of why she writes, as she so aptly calls it, "romance with more."
Thank you to Molli for inviting me to be a guest on Once Upon a Prologue!
I was really excited when she asked me to share with you about the reasons I write Romance With More.
At the heart of it all, I guess the answer to that is pretty simple – I read and write romances because the stories make me feel so good. I love immersing myself in two character’s lives and witnessing firsthand the progression of their relationship and the intimacy that goes along with it.
When reading I rarely venture out of romance. There are so many worries as we travel from one day to the next, the stresses and fears, that when I sit down with a book, I want to be guaranteed that happily ever after. When in real life I know things can’t always work out the way I might want them to, I know in the pages of my favorite book they can.
Anyone else out there with me?
So what about this whole Romance With More thing?
When writing both Pulled and Take This Regret, I tried to delve deeper into the characters emotions and, in the process, really give you as a reader the chance to connect with them. When you read one of my novels, I want you to feel what my characters feel, to hope for them and to hurt for them, to care about them and their ultimate happiness. I also love to write children into my plots since as women we either have children or, if we don’t, we can understand wholeheartedly the innate need to protect them. Mix those two together and the story lines can get a little intense.
The tag line Romance With More really came by way of reader’s comments. I kept hearing things like, I loved this book, but it wasn’t what I expected and This wasn’t a typical romance, there was more.
But my books are definitely romances—a hero and heroine on their way to a happily ever after, even if they have to face some very difficult trials before they get there.
So Romance With More just ended up sticking!
Now that you know why I write Romance With More, tell us a little about you. What is your favorite genre to read/write and why?
More about the author
(Bio taken from the author's website)
Amy Lichtenhan first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.
Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends, and with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel, Pulled.
Amy resides in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three beautiful children, where she enjoys the freedom of working from home. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.
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