PASSING THROUGH PARADISE
THE KNIGHT AND THE ROSE
EVER A PRINCESS
Rebecca Hagan Lee
ROSE IN THE MIST
Judith E. French
A SECOND-CHANCE PROPOSAL
THE VALENTINE TWO-STEP
GOOD TIME GIRL
SILK, LACE, AND VIDEOTAPE
- Writerspace: What is your most special Valentine's Day memory?
- Susan Wiggs: I'm not sure it's special but it shows my self-restraint. One year, Jay
gave me an apron for Valentine's Day. I KID YOU NOT. Of course, I laughed
and searched the pockets for the diamond tennis bracelet or string of
pearls, but my husband (who suffers the form of brain damage known as Being
Male) was so clever that all he put in the pockets was a pair of barbecue
We've been married 21 years, so clearly he has other worthy qualities.
More on that later. ;-) Look at the bottom of this page for a hint.
- Susan Kearney: To me every day is Valentine's Day thanks to a
great husband of 21
years. One day is not as important as loving and
caring for one another
day in and day out.
- Kristi Gold: Actually, the most special memory would be when my husband got down on one
knee and presented me with my engagement ring. I was shocked and touched
and in tears. That was 18 years ago this month. He still has his moments,
even after all this time.
- Stella Cameron: Like so many newlyweds, my husband and I counted our pennies carefully in the early years of our marriage. When I say we counted carefully I mean we sometimes had to hunt for any pennies at all! When our first married Valentine's Day rolled around I fussed around, trying to decide if I should spend money on a gift because I didn't think Jerry would (we'd already decided to see a movie) and I didn't want to make him feel bad. Finally I bought the gift anyway, a shirt (yeah, I know, boring). Jerry came home with red carnations, a beautiful card and one of those heartshaped boxes of candy with a little bride doll on the top. Hokey? Maybe, but I was bowled over.
- Meryl Sawyer: My most special Valentine's Day memory was
receiving a fluffy ball of
fur from my husband. Yes, a golden retriever
puppy. She became my special
side kick and the inspiration for many of my books,
including my February
2002 book UNFORGETTABLE.
- Jeanie London: The Valentine’s Day when my local newspaper printed an
interview about how romance writers celebrate love. All day long my husband’s colleagues kept popping their
heads into his office to say, “So you light candles all the way to the bedroom, hmm?” Happy Valentine’s Day,
- Isolde Martyn: Floating up in a balloon on the warmest dawn imaginable just last year. It
was sheer magic for both of us.
- Rebecca Hagan Lee: What is your most special Valentine's Day memory? When I was in the
first grade my father bought Valentine cards for me to give to my
classmates. He bought the kind with lollipops attached and he sat and
addressed the envelopes as I told him the name of each boy and girl in my
class and my teacher, Miss May. I was so pleased to give valentines with
lollipops to my classmates and so excited and nervous hoping they would like
them. But I went to bed a bit disappointed that I wouldn't have one.
Imagine my surprise when after distributing my valentines to all my
classmates, my teacher called me to the front and read a card addressed to
me -- with love from Daddy. I still have that card.
- Ana Seymour: One of my most special memories involves an incredible luxury hotel in
Acapulco called The Princess, starting the day with a room service breakfast
on the balcony overlooking the blue Pacific, shopping in the colorful
marketplace, a candlelit dinner in one of the hotel's restaurants with a
Mexican "conjunto" playing soft tropical music in the background, and...hey,
the rest of the memory is not for publication!
- Judith E. French: My most special Valentine's Day memory was many
years ago when my
to-be-husband and I were first engaged. He was in
the Coast Guard and away
on sea duty in the North Atlantic. I knew he
wouldn't be home for
Valentine's Day, and I knew he couldn't get to a
store to buy a card. Still,
I haunted the mailbox, looking for a letter from
him. On the big day, the box
was empty and I shed a few tears until I heard a
knock on the door and there
he was with a single red rose and a box of
chocolate. Due to an emergency,
his ship had returned early, and he'd driven
straight through to be with me.
I'll never forget his smile or the sight of that
red, red rose against his
white sailor uniform.
- C.J. Carmichael: Opening the door to my husband. He'd walked home from the subway stop in the
pouring rain. His hair, his suit, his shoes were drenched. But he was
holding out a bouquet of soggy flowers and smiling.
- RaeAnne Thayne: The first year we were married, my husband secretly made reservations at a
very exclusive bed and breakfast in our town. We were both college students
and struggling financially but he wanted to surprise me so he saved up for
this big day. On Valentine's Day morning, he was in class and I was home
when the phone rang. It was the B&B calling to confirm our reservation!
They spoiled the surprise but it was still a wonderfully romantic gesture on
my husband's part.
- Wilma Fasano: My most special Valentine's Day memory is visiting with Cass and Digger in
Dolphin Bay, West Australia, the setting of DOLPHIN SONG. Cass introduced me
to two of her special friends, the dolphin Darby and her baby Bubbles.
- Candace Schuler: My husband Joe and I celebrated our 28th anniversary last November, which
means we've shared a lot of Valentine's Days. One that stands out, though,
is one when we weren't together on Valentine's Day. Joe had a 10-day
business trip (I don't remember to where) he couldn't reschedule and I was
deep in deadline hell and couldn't go with him like I usually do on his
longer business trips. I told him it was no big deal; we could celebrate
when he got back. (And I meant it. I really did!) On Valentine's Day I
got a lovely mushy Valentine card in the mail and, later that day, a dozen
red roses from a local florist. The flowers were beautiful, but it was the
card that made it a special Valentine's Day for me. Flowers are easy, all
they take is a phone call (usually the day before), but a card sent through
the mail...he had to go to a store to pick it out ahead of time, then figure
out when to mail it from wherever he was so it would arrive on Valentine's
Day. That takes consideration and advance planning. And that's really
- Joanne Rock: My then-future husband and I packed a thermos of hot chocolate, a few heart shaped sugar cookies, and our earmuffs, then took off into the
Adirondacks to attend a winter ice carnival. The sculptures were gorgeous-- one of the ice castles even had a real slide from its second story down to the
ground. We discovered nylon jogging pants make for great sliding and we had a fabulous day.
- Writerspace: How does writing about Valentine's Day present a challenge to you as a
writer? Romance authors celebrate romance year round - how do you use
Valentine's Day to make romance more special?
- Susan Wiggs: After the anecdote above, do I NEED Valentine's Day to be more special?
- Susan Kearney: I'm a romance writer who doesn't like to
Valentine's Day. To me the holiday was invented by
stores so consumers
would buy stuff. Love is not about a one-day
exchange of gifts, it's
about loving the one you're with for life..
- Meryl Sawyer: No, I think Valentine's Day should be in the
heart of everyone who loves
another all year long. This day, though, is our
chance to remind them of
how much we care. Each book I've written (all 14
of them) has this quote
from G. K. Chesterton: "The best way to love
anything is as if it might be
- Jeanie London: Because my stories do
celebrate romance year round, setting a story to Valentine’s Day offers me a chance to have some fun with the
whole romance theme. I did just this in my current Blaze release SECRET GAMES. Romantic contests. Erotic
Valentines. A villain who’s secretly playing Cupid. I had a great time writing my Valentine’s love story!
- Isolde Martyn: It's a challenge because the story needs to have that extra magic for
readers. I've done a contemporary office story about mischief on St
Valentine's day because I think many readers could relate to that. However,
when Women's Weekly Magazine commissioned a St Valentine's Day story from
me in 2001. I made it a historical story-- set in France during the Hundred
Years War--because it was a very special day in medieval times and people
actually believed that birds chose their mates on that day. February can be
such an icy miserable month in the northern hemisphere and St Valentine's
Day reassured them that Spring was on the way.
There is a most wonderful fifteenth century St Valentine's Day letter
written by Margery Brews to John Paston. She calls him her "most
well-beloved Valentine," and continues: "I commend myself to you with all
my heart, longing to hear all is well with you; and I beseech Almighty God
to keep you well, according to His pleasure and your's heart's desire. And
if it please you to know how I am, I am not well in body or heart, nor
shall I be until I hear from you." Is that not truly beautiful? All the
poignancy of early love lies in that short, sweet letter.
- Rebecca Hagan Lee: I think writing about
Valentine's Day is actually easier than writing romance all year long
because on Valentine's Day everyone is celebrating. Everyone is more
receptive to the idea of writing romances and believing in the power of
love. I always think that Valentine's Day is the one day a year when rest of
the world marches to the beat of my drummer.
- Ana Seymour: Since my last six books have been set in the 16th century or earlier, our
modern notion of Valentine's Day doesn't apply, though there were paper
Valentines as early as the 15th century. Certainly lovers have been
exchanging tokens of their passion since the beginning of time. I've no
doubt that early man's first attempts at cave painting were done to impress
- C.J. Carmichael:It's important to individualize the holiday to suit the characters and the
specific book. In A SISTER WOULD KNOW the hero wants to buy red roses on
Valentine's day for the heroine. Unfortunately, he lives in an isolated
mountain town where the florist has a limited stock available. In the end,
the hero is forced to barter with a man who'd preordered a bouquet for his
- RaeAnne Thayne:It's easy to fall into clichés when talking about Valentine's Day. Flowers,
hearts, chocolates, etc. A writer just needs to try to be original.
- Wilma Fasano: It's true that romance writers celebrate romance year
round, but how many romances involve dolphins as well as
people? Valentine's Day will always be special to me as
the anniversary of the time I spent with Cass and Digger.
- Candace Schuler: I've never thought of Valentine's Day as a challenge. In fact, now that you
bring it up, I don't think I've ever used it in a book.
- Joanne Rock: I wouldn't call Valentine's Day a challenge, more of an opportunity. The holiday allows characters to be more romantic, to push the boundaries of their
relationship to a new level. Of course, the results don't always have to be good. Often this boundary pushing can send one or the other of the
hero/heroine running in the opposite direction and expose new levels of conflict.
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