Waiting for "The Call"

“Honey, it’s always crap. Every book I write is crap. It’s my job to fix the crap afterwards,” according to Nora Roberts. Well, I've got it half right. Still working on the "fixing it" part. "Trust your characters to be complex enough and to have enough emotional baggage. Force them to make hard choices." Advice from Michelle Styles that might help!

Love and books November 30, 2009

Filed under: General strangeness of life — Autumn Macarthur @ 6:43 pm

Just read this about a small bookshop in NY who started a matchmaking board for singles in the store. What a cool idea!

One of the things that attracted me to A was his love of books (at last a man I could have an intelligent conversation with!), though he still doesn’t totally understand the purpose of fiction, being more of a just-the-facts kind of guy.

Our favourite date place was the Borders bookshop on Charing Cross Road (now sadly in receivership), and we always bought each other a book.

Makes me smile remembering…


5 Responses to “Love and books”

  1. Maisey Says:

    That’s absolutely lovely. 🙂

    It shouldn’t surprise you that one of things that attracted me to Haven (other than his wonderful good looks) was the fact that we could talk about anything. And we still can, and do, at length. I love it.

  2. waitingforthecall Says:

    You guys are the example of a genuine happy marriage!

    I can see book choices being a far better way to find someone with similar values than those internet dating check lists that almost everyone lies on.

    LOL, don’t think I’ve told you this story. A friend of mine (ex-friend now actually) tried internet dating and was sooooo indignant that everyone she dated lied about something- age, looks, weight, finances, degree of freedom to be in another relationship (aka still married!). Every man she met lied about at least one thing. The thing she just could not understand was that it was not at all surprising- as she lied on her form too!

  3. Jackie Says:

    Lovely story, Jane.
    Yes indeed, a man who reads is a joy forever. 🙂 Dr Jax is one of those people who compulsively reads anything and everything – including my stories and those of other romance authors. It’s fantastic. We will never be one of those couples who sit there in restaurants in stony silence – we’re always the ones rabbiting on to each other about all kinds of stuff. And this is after 20 years of being together!

  4. waitingforthecall Says:

    LOL, that is so good!
    Unfortunately A does not understand fiction so is useless for bouncing ideas off or critiquing something. I’m often jealous when I hear you say Dr Jax has made suggestions for your WiP!
    The good news though is that although A has absolutely no clue about things like character growth and catharsis and all the rest of the things we love fiction for, he doesn’t rubbish romance like my own family members do.
    I feel so sad when I see those couples sitting in a restaurant in stony silence- thank goodness none of us will never be like them!

  5. Maisey Says:

    Stony silence? What IS that? LOL. We all sound like we have fun marriages. 🙂 Maybe that’s why we write romance? We want to show the world how it’s done!!

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