Share your inspiration! Why do you write?

This year Harlequin’s parent company, HarperCollins Publishers, celebrates their 200th anniversary. As a part of this celebration, they are encouraging book lovers everywhere to share what reading means to them, using the hashtag #WhyIRead.  Many of our Harlequin authors have also shared their thoughts on why they read, why they write, and books that have influenced them at .

We want to hear from you! Why do you write romance? Was there an author who inspired you to write? What do books, reading and writing mean to you? Do you have a favourite book you’d like to share with us?

Let us know in the comments! And join the discussion on Twitter using #hc200 #WhyIRead .

15 replies on “Share your inspiration! Why do you write?”

I write because not writing has never felt like an option. I simply am a writer. I write romance because those are the characters that seem to want me tell their stories.

Many other writers would say the same. It’s nice that you’ve found your calling, and wonderful that you’re sharing it.

I feel its a gift. A talent from the Lord above. Writing for me is a way of stepping into another time and place for the moment. It allows me to see what’s going on and with whom and why. I normally like to place myself as a character cause it helps me determine what the main female character will do and say(cause I know me)and writing is fun. Hard work but if you’re determined to be an author it will happen and someday I’ll be able to teach creative writing in the future to those who are passionate about writing.

There’s a special pleasure to be found in pursuing a difficult goal. Thank you for writing!

I wrote a short story in 5th grade that my teacher praised and gave me a top grade. It encouraged me to write more. Again in my teens, I wrote stories to entertain my friends and myself. It was like writing down my wildest dreams. I wrote a high school play that did so well it got carried over for more people to enjoy. I continued to write throughout my young adulthood even with a houseful of children because it was their little lives and explorations that inspired me. I write now to relax. I love nothing better than to get into the heads of my characters and enjoy their story. I will continue to write, even if I never get published by a big New York publisher like HQ, because…I love to write. Writing is my passion, my one natural talent and I enjoy improving that talent.

I love reading and always have. My friends made fun of me because I loved to read the dictionary. My childhood favorite book was The Boxcar Children, my adolescent favorite authors were the talented writers of the Nancy Drew books. Then I found romance books in one of the many used bookstores my mom would take me to, Mary Stewart being my first love. I read a lot, but it was when my mom brought me a pile of Johanna Lindsay books (after a surgery when I was bed-bound) that I began to write romance books seriously and attempt to get them published. I have many loves, but books are among the top, other than raising kids and grand kids, and taking care of animals. Did I mention I’m a cat whisperer? Lol.

It’s wonderful to hear that your passion has continued throughout your life! Ah, Mary Stewart! My mom introduced me to her books and I loved them too. Thanks for writing!

Reading is a way for me to escape the reality and take an AMAZING adventure into another world. I’ve always loved the reading for as long as I can remember. As a child I didn’t really have a ‘favorite’ but I loved anything that had anything to do with thrills, suspense, and mystery. Mid-Teens is when I discovered my love for romance. Just the thought of being swept off your feet by a dark and handsome stranger is enough to send my heart racing. When you combine that with edge-of-your-seat suspense it’s hard to beat the rush you feel from taking that novel-adventure. I got saved when I was young and it was so hard to find good Christian books that fit into the genre I so enjoyed. So you can imagine my delight when I discovered Love Inspired Suspense! The ultimate Christian/Romance/Suspense/Thriller books! They’re my favorite line and my favorite titles are Ricochet by Christi Barritt and Warning Signs by Katy Lee. My favorite series is The Justice Agency. Why do I write? Because God blessed my with the talent to do so and ever since I discovered it I have a deep desire to better it and use it for His glory as a thank you to Him. I think I may enjoy the daring adventure of writing more than reading. There’s nothing like creating characters, falling in love with them and creating their stories. What inspires me? My Savior Jesus Christ first of all. Also my family and the books I love to read so much. Why do I write romance? 1 Corinthians 13:13 KJV: And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity. There’s no greater story to tell than one of True Love.
May God Bless All My Fellow Bookworms and Writers!

Making the most of one’s talents is one of the best ways to express one’s appreciation for life. And it’s wonderful to hear that one of our Harlequin series has given you so much pleasure. Thanks for letting us know!

I love how you express reading as an escape. I feel the same way. I’m so glad that you found Love Inspired, too! One of my favorite lines to edit.

I write because I love that feeling when you think you’re in control of the story and the characters and then they turn it on you and you realize they were in control all along and you’re just along for the ride!

Couldn’t have said it better myself Melanie! I simply love the way you put it!

I write romance because of the strong aspect of love it portrays. Love can overcome anything and there is nothing more important to me then a Man willing to give up something close to him in order to have the woman he loves. And a woman that loves him so much that she doesn’t ask him to give it up for her, but in turn, gives her love and devotion to him and presses on through the hard times. Romance, marriage, and faith all call out to me and that’s why I write Historical Inspy Romance

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