JoAnn Carter: When I was a teen, I really didn't enjoy reading. That is until my mom brought home a "Heart Song Presents" book. After that, I was hooked. I loved the stories where the characters grew not only closer to each other, but to God as well. It's is for that very reason I write romance too. I want to encourage young girls and women like I was -- by reading a character's journey of faith and love.
One of the first authors I started reading as a teen was Janette Oke. Loved her books. Got me interested in reading and learning to write. Elaine, in your books, any fun date scenes you’d like to tell us about?
Elaine Cantrell: In Purple Heart my hero took this girl he worked with fishing. She wore clothes more suited to a party than a fishing trip, fished without a license and made the hero’s fish get confiscated, hooked my hero’s shoulder with her hook, and pushed him out of the boat. Their breakup cleared the way for Jenna my heroine. Purple Heart has been reduced in price to .99 if you’d like to read it. It’s on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and is available from the publisher, The Wild Rose Press.
Sounds like a fun book! Grace, if you had any advice to give to a young married couple on keeping love alive in their marriage, what would you say?
Grace Greene: Have forgiving hearts.
So important to a thriving marriage. Bitterness only weighs down the heart. Meg, if you have children, have you set an age for when they can start dating?
Meg Mims: I told my daughter that “young love” can be tricky – set your sights on college, when she could explore more of the world and who she is. She took my advice, but saw a lot of her friends getting hurt during Jr. and Sr. High.
That’s good that she took your advice. Kendra, are you are you an emotional person or not so much…what about your significant other?
Kendra James: I am very emotional. I love touching, giving and receiving hugs. I find as I am getting older, I have teary eyes more and more, not only with the bad things but also with the good things. I work with children with emotional and mental problems and often when I see them make gains in their emotional reactions and behaviors, my eyes just seem to well up. Whenever we have an event in our small school such as Remembrance Day or graduation and the kids are doing their part in the program, I always have to make sure that I stuff my pockets with Kleenex.
I can relate to being emotional. Was told once by someone close to me that I should stop being that way—but I’m thankful that my husband accepts me for who I am, emotionally charged and all! Elaine, in your books, what’s your favorite part of writing romantic scenes?
Elaine Cooper: I’d say the emotions that lead up to that first kiss. The increasing drum beat in their hearts, the whiff of perfume, the nervousness, the occasional touch of a finger sweeping across the hand, the longing looks…the long, painful anticipation that makes a reader cry, “So KISS her already!” LOL
Love that journey when I’m reading and writing romance novels.
Lyn Sofras: Just before I was married, I met an aunt who had left England over a quarter of a century earlier. She was happily married with grown up children. But one night she confided in me that as a girl, she had believed herself in love with someone else and in all these years had never forgotten him. She wondered constantly what would happen if she dared try to make contact with him again when she returned to England. At the time I couldn’t believe people of my parents’ generation still harboured such romantic thoughts, but as time passes, I realise more and more that such thoughts don’t disappear. So yes, once a romantic, always a romantic!
I think you’ve got that right! JoAnn, do you enjoy watching chick flicks / romantic comedies and dramas?
JoAnn Durgin: Sure do. I’d much rather a romantic comedy, no matter how dumb, over anything gritty. I love a good, emotional drama as long as it involves some aspect of romance. Interestingly enough, two of my very favorite all-time movie “romances” are ones where the guy and girl don’t end up together, but it’s fitting and for the right reasons –Witness and Roman Holiday. And who can resist Lady and the Tramp or Beauty and the Beast?
My favorite movies are romances, both comedy and drama, and I don’t mind an action flick (which my husband loves to watch), as long as there is some element of romance…which, of course, there isn’t always. Though, my hubby just surprised me the other day and took me to see The Vow. Good movie, but anti-climactic ending. Speaking of Beauty and the Beast, that’s one of my favorite fairy tales. Did anyone see this week’s episode of Once Upon a Time where they showed their interpretation of that fairy tale?
JoAnn, in your books, are there any fun date scenes you’d like to tell us about?
JoAnn Durgin: One first date scene with Josh Grant in Twin Hearts is particularly memorable for more than the obvious reasons. Sam and Lexa’s first official date in Awakening is likewise memorable, but Sam doesn’t expect what happens when Lexa runs away from him. I have one in my upcoming, stand-alone novel, Catching Serenity, where Jackson takes Serenity in a horse-drawn carriage to a children’s amusement park. He gives her a tiara and treats her like royalty. She ends up giving a little girl the tiara, but Jackson makes her feel incredibly special, something she really needs.
Sounds like a fun date! Lyn, can you describe the first date you ever went on?
Lyn Sofras: Yes I can. I was about 15 and a boy from school asked me out (via his friends of course). We went to a local youth club in the church hall, which was having a film night – only the film was some terrible home video the vicar had shot on holiday! (Someone had made off with the film that was scheduled). One by one the other kids crept out. But the boy and I (being well-brought up, of course) remained behind, asking polite questions. We even helped him put the chairs away afterwards. What a date! We held hands walking home and he gave me a very chaste kiss. I decided to wait a couple of years before dating again!
What a memorable date! Elaine, what was the most romantic thing one of your characters did for his/her love interest?
Elaine Cooper: In The Promise of Deer Run, Nathaniel held his wife Sarah closely and sang a song of comfort after she shared a painful incident from her childhood. He did not speak as she told him the excruciating details, but she felt his tears slide onto her face while she spoke.
Definitely a very emotionally intimate and romantic moment for your characters.
Kendra James: In Ghostly Justice, due out with Black Opal Books this year, Dari’s first date is for hamburgers and a movie but they stop by the cemetery to find Amanda, the ghost’s grave site. Doesn’t traipsing around a cemetery sound like a fun date.
Yikes…not a fun date for the faint of heart but sounds like it made for a great scene for your characters. Meg, when did you first know you were in love with your husband?
Meg Mims: When I first saw him – it was a “ding ding, here he is” kind of thing. LOL
Elaine, do you believe in being married to your best friend for a love that will last?
Elaine Cantrell: Yes, I do, but only if you love the friend. I had a close male friend in college whom most people thought I was engaged to, but that little spark of attraction wasn’t there for us. He was a great friend, but I didn’t love him romantically. I think love changes as people grow older. The earth may not move under your feet when you see him, but it may warm you heart when you do. Love may grow and change just as we do, but it’s still love. In fact, I love my husband even more now than we first got married.
Thank you for sharing that—so true--love may grow and change just as we do, but it’s still love. JoAnn, what was your most favorite date ever?
JoAnn Carter: Hmm, there's a few close runner's up. I think my favorite date was one evening when our children were small, and the budget tight, I asked a friend who had a home with an awesome view of the mountains, if we could use her house one evening for a candle lit dinner. She graciously agreed. The afternoon of our "date" the boys and I went over to decorate with candles, flowers and a pretty tablecloth. They got a kick out of helping me prepare for a special night for their daddy. Glenn, my husband had no clue what I was up to when I told him I was stealing him away after work for a few hours. The night was a night to remember. There was the most gorgeous sunset I ever saw. We played games, listened to soft music, and enjoyed a romantic dinner surrounded by the beauty of God's creation.
Very nice…sounds so romantic and must make for great memories.
What was your most memorable date?
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