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I started reading romance novels in high school. The library only allowed us to check out four books at a time. I got four, my sister, Judi, got four, and in two weeks, all eight had been read by me, Judi and mom. We read every Emilie Loring book we could find. I spent an hour trying to think of her name today. I checked Amazon and found a lot of her books, but only one in Kindle format. It’s free, and if you read this, you won’t regret it. Emilie Loring: The Trail of Conflict.
Then I discovered Regency Romance books by Barbara Cartland - my all-time favorite. The Dukes, Princes, Lords etc. may have been rakes, but the heroines were always virginal and stayed that way until they were married. The romance was powerful. I’ve also read a gazillion Harlequin romance books.
It’s no wonder I write romance. My story has one thirty-three year old virgin. My daughters laughed until tears ran down their faces at the idea. My two other heroines were a little more worldly. I don’t mind reading sexual scenes in good romance novels. I’m not crazy about graphic descriptions though. In my writing, I prefer to leave more to the imagination. Maybe it’s my age, but I have too many grandchildren who will read what I write. I have to be able to look them in the eye.
Leona Pence is a widow who started writing late in life after she lost her husband of forty-four years. She has written one novel, yet unpublished, and hopes this will be the year it happens. She's a mentor in F2K, a free online writing course.