Welcome to Kelly Ryan aka Sheri Velarde.
A big thank you to Rhiannon for letting me stop by her lovely blog here! I feel honoured to be here and will do my best to entertain and hopefully I can be invited back sometime.
Today I thought that I would talk a little bit about my love for the romance genre and why it is so much fun to write in. I would first like to start off with a little story that I heard from a teacher at the local community college where I live. We were talking about writing and the romance genre in particular and she told me the following about one of her recent students who happened to be a Gulf War veteran. She always assigns a paper where her students a paper where they have to talk about their relationship with reading and literacy.
He came up to her unsure what to write about, so she asked what he liked to read. Sheepishly he told her romance novels. He then went on to say that when he was stationed in Iraq he read anything and everything that he could get his hands on, even though a lot left him feeling down when he finished. There came a point where he had read almost everything in camp so a nurse friend lent him some of her romance novels. At first he scoffed, but there was nothing else to read and so he started one. Turns out he loved them, in particular because many conflicts got resolved and there was a happy ending that left him feeling good and hopeful, something that really helped him considering the situation he was in.
I loved hearing that story and it hits on one of the reasons I enjoy romance myself, it does take you away from your life for a bit and usually ends on an up note. Now don't get me wrong, I read other genres as well, even write a little horror myself now and then, but when I need a pick me up, romance is where I go. Plus there is always so much to choose from.
And that leads me to the other reason I love romance so much, all the wonderful sub-genres that there are to read and write in. I myself started out writing paranormal romance, but have since ventured on to contemporary, mystery and my latest release, Taking Pleasure Where You Can is my first historical romance set during WWII. I plan on doing more historical and mystery pieces and I even have a sci-fi romance in mind! What other genre would allow me to jump around like that and still have the same publisher and readers? As a reader myself it also always gives me something new and fun to try and I love that.
So there you have it, just a couple of the reasons I think romance books and writers are so darn great and I am not saying that because I am a said writer!
And now for a sneak peek of Taking Pleasure Where You Can.
Blurbs from Taking Pleasure Where You Can:
John never thought that he would be the same after Pearl Harbor, then he set eyes on Imee and everything changed.
Ever since Pearl Harbor John had become a shell of a man, not able to move on from the trauma. One night out with the guys and one woman were about to change everything.
Joe seemed to know everyone, and everyone seemed keen to be near him. It made it much easier for the quiet by nature and still healing John to slowly make some friends. Once the drinks started flowing, he even began to loosen up a bit. He missed hanging out with guys, telling stories, joking around, and laughing. His Captain had been right; this was what he needed and what his friends who had passed on would want. He was beginning to feel alive again, and it felt good. Then he caught sight of her.
Kelly Ryan, aka Sheri Velarde, lives in New Mexico with her fiancé and two dogs, and grew up with a fascination for all things that "go bump in the night", so it is no wonder that she turned to writing paranormal romance among other genres of romance. She is an avid exerciser and gets some of her best ideas while on runs. She also has a bit of a wild side, which only leads to inspiration for her writing.
Being an avid reader since an early age, she has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. She has been writing all her life, but only recently started to actually try to pursue her dream of writing for a living.
She is constantly putting out new material, so it is best to keep up with her on her website.
Kelly/Sheri is a multi-published author; you can keep up to date with all things Kelly
Ryan/Sheri Velarde at: www.sherivelarde.weebly.com.
Buy links: http://www.breathlesspress.com/index.php?main_page=product_free_shipping_info&cPath=9&products_id=584&zenid=045e8e8d92a1b2203c7cbe7ee98a1f69