JoAnn Carter: I look forward to it. I know this may sound weird, but it makes me think of my dad. You see, growing up, Valentine's Day was the one day that my father would give me something special. Nothing big, just a candy bar or something like that, but looking back, I can't tell you how much I treasure those moments. Dad was never one to say with words, "I love you", but his thoughtful act told me just that.
Don’t think that’s weird—it’s very sweet and such special memories of your father. Elaine, have you written and scenes set on Valentine’s Day?
Elaine Cantrell: I wrote a short story set on Valentine’s Day a few years ago. It’s called Pink Pearls and is available as a free read on my website. Elaine's Website
Grace, has your love with your husband grown stronger with the years?
Grace Greene: We've been married forever. You can’t do that without having good and bad times. Yes, our love is stronger now and so is our friendship. There's no one I'd rather hang out with and he's my biggest supporter.
I agree with those sentiments. My hubby is my best friend and also my biggest supporter too. Meg, in your books, what’s your favorite part of writing romantic scenes?
Meg Mims: The first meeting, where conflict ought to come into play – otherwise, it’s too much of a given that love is easy. Because it’s not!
Kendra, can you tell us when you experienced your first kiss?
Kendra James: My first kiss was when I was fifteen from an older (twenty-one year old, college-cut, gorgeous hunk) man who worked where I did and drove a red convertible. It was one of those ‘your eyes meet across a crowded room’ things. He showed me the pent house boiler room where he did maintenance and gave me the kiss that tingled to my toes. He asked me out on a date but didn’t show. I was very young looking and I think he was afraid when he showed up at my door he would be met with a very irate father. I went on holiday and when I came back he was no longer there. I still wonder about him and what might have been.
Very mysterious—I think I’d wonder too about what might have been.
Elaine Cooper: No, I write Historical Fiction set in Colonial America and that particular holiday was not a big one back then. No Hallmark stores in the village! LOL!
Does anyone know the origin of Valentine’s Day?
Lyn Sofras: I know Saint Valentine was a Christian martyr and the day commemorates him, but I think it’s also part of a Roman festival – a sort of mass blind date or dating lottery where shepherds and shepherdesses were matched at random to celebrate the two day festival.
Thanks, Lyn. So, JoAnn, if you had any advice to give to a young married couple on keeping love alive in their marriage, what would you say?
JoAnn Durgin: Two words: date night. Make time for each other on a regular basis. Don’t let anything keep you from going out, just the two of you. It’s so important. Go someplace romantic, too, and make it a real date. Talk to each other. Nothing is sadder than seeing all those old married couples sitting at a table together in a restaurant and not talking.
Great advice. My husband and I started having date nights once a month since we got married. It definitely helps to keep the spark alive. Now back to our other JoAnn. What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?
JoAnn Carter: Valentine's Day means an opportunity to tell and express in creative ways, to the folks in my life, how much I love them.
If you could receive anything on Valentine’s Day, what would the best gift be?
JoAnn Carter: The best gift is simple really – spending time together.
I like that. I’m easy to please too. I don’t need gifts, just to spend time together. Elaine, if you could receive anything on Valentine’s Day, what would the best gift be?
Elaine Cantrell: I’m assuming you mean a tangible gift, not something like world peace or feeding the hungry, so I’d love to get a blue diamond. I didn’t know about blue diamonds until a few months ago, but they are beyond beautiful. If you’ve never seen one, go to a jewelry store and take a look. If the gift could be intangible, I’d wish that nobody ever went hungry or abused children and animals.
Hmm, I never saw a blue diamond before. I’ll have to add that to my wish list! Although, back to the intangible, thank you for sharing your wish.
Grace Greene: My husband is a romantic. He always remembers important dates like birthdays, anniversaries and the day we met.
Sounds like my hubby. He’s good with remembering those special dates also. Looks like you have a special guy! Meg, can you describe the first date you ever went on?
Meg Mims: The first “official” date I had with my husband – Star Wars. We were so lost in the story, we kind of lost track of “it’s a date, we should whisper/hold hands, etc.” LOL
Kendra, are you a romantic and why or why not?
Kendra James: Of course. I’m still waiting for another soul mate to come in to my life and sweep me off my feet. He will be a gourmet cook, with a great sense of humor, and we will spend time reading and exploring the globe, plus other things.
I love your soul mate’s characteristics…they sound nice! Elaine, what does Valentine’s Day mean to you?
Elaine Cooper: It means a day to remind EVERYONE how much I love them— from my Mom to my grandbabies to my husband!
Great perspective! Lyn, what does love mean to you?
Lyn Sofras: Love is an emotion so physical and powerful that it can be quite painful. It consumes your every waking moment so that you actually feel your sole existence is for one person only, while the rest of life fades around you in a gentle blur. You know your life has been made indescribably richer when you have it and that, should it be taken from you, existence will be meaningless. Someone described it as “friendship set on fire”, which I quite like. And like a good fire, the flames should settle to warm and satisfying glowing embers as it mellows.
Absolutely love that description: friendship set on fire! JoAnn, how did you meet your significant other?
JoAnn Durgin: On a blind date, believe it or not. Jim was attending Dallas Seminary at the time, and (in a very long but wonderful story), we met through mutual friends. I learned later that the couple who introduced us (he went to Seminary with Jim) actually prayed for the “right guy” for me, and they both came up Jim! He’d sworn off blind dates a few weeks before after a date with a runner-up to Miss Texas. Wow, talk about intimidation. But we hit it off immediately, and talked for hours on end that night. Even though there was a strong mutual attraction, we were friends first for quite a while, and that’s always a very good way to start a lasting love relationship.
Totally agree…being friends first makes for a strong and lasting foundation. My hubby was my good friend for a few years before we started dating. Time for another break…let’s chat with our guests.
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