Reader. Writer. Romance.
I am a proud reader and writer of romance. I don’t always write the sexy bits, and the steamier stories are not a sure buy. I like humor, the back and forth dialogue between hero and heroine, the give and take before they become a couple. That magic that happens when two people are falling in love.
The setting is optional when I read, though in my writing I prefer medieval settings for my romances. For my young adult novels, I write contemporary and paranormal. What they have in common is the happy ending. That’s what I look for when I pick up a book, and it’s what I provide when I’m writing one. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten when it comes to wearing my Author hat is to remember, as I type, that I have made a promise to the reader. If someone chooses a Traci Hall book, then I owe them a ride. Love, adventure, mystery. Characters they can care about, in a world they feel a part of. At the end, they get that happy ending, tied with a shiny bow.
Life is hard. Reading takes us away. I can’t count the number of women who have shared how reading saw them through a tough time. Chemotherapy, a divorce, death of loved one. We all want to believe in something better. Something wonderful that lasts forever. As an author, my goal is to take you away for a few hours and let you slip into another realm.
Romantic fiction is pure fantasy. I’ve never lived in a castle, but I sure can imagine how heroic it would be to have my handsome knight gallant storm the gate, cross the moat, battle the enemy all to earn my undying affection and steal a few kisses. After he sheaths his dagger, of course. Unless I’m writing really steamy…
Teen romance is different in what level of sexuality I’m willing to write/or read, but the feelings, the passion, are all there. The promise of a new beginning –there’s something so magical about the glimmering hope of what might be.