by Tina Radcliffe
In the beginning, there was the Smith and Corona.
That was my beginning. I started out on a portable that I toted to a shady spot under a tree in my backyard. At fourteen, I was thrilled to be able to chronicle my love of romance on the typewritten page.
My real love of romance began when I stumbled upon books like: Beanie Malone by Lenora Mattingly Weber, and Sue Barton, Visiting Nurse, by H.D. Boylston, at my local library. But I truly knew my calling was to write romance after reading Rosamund Du Jardin’s books. Her Marcy Rhodes collection included Wait for Marcy, Marcy Catches Up, A Man for Marcy and Senior Prom. And then there was the teenage hero Brose Gilman of the Tobey Heydon series. After all these years, I still have a crush on Brose Gilman (Sigh).
Today I am collecting the gently used editions of some of those first romance favorites. Like my typewriter, those books aren’t old, they’re simply classics.
It’s fun to think back to all those authors who turned me into a romance reader, setting the stage for romance writing.
Take a trip back to your beginnings, back to your first reads, and those breathtaking moments when you fell in love with a classic romance.
Who were your first writing buddies? Your first writing loves?
Tina Radcliffe draws from her idea box and her many careers to write her stories. She’s done a tour of duty with the US Army, been a certified Oncology R.N., a library cataloger, and a tech at a national mail order pharmacy. She’s from Western New York and has lived in Oklahoma, Colorado and now Arizona. You can find her at http://www.tinaradcliffe.com or in Seekerville. Mending the Doctor’s Heart is her third Love Inspired release and it hits the shelf this month.