Remembering Your First.
Do you remember yours? And by this I mean romance novel, not what you were thinking!
I guess people can remember their first kiss, date and many others, but for many of us romance novels have been a part of our lives for so long we’ve forgotten where it all started.
My Nanna was an avid romance reader. From a young age I recall our trips to the library, where she would search through endless copies of Mills and Boon, eventually choose around eight books, only to return a week later for more. We’d flick through the shelves, reading the blurbs and trying to find ones that she hadn’t read (or didn’t remember reading). I’d get so excited when I found one for her that she could take home, and even though I didn’t understand the blurb I was entranced by the images and titles on the front covers.
I’m certain that’s where my love of romances started.
My Nanna preferred historical ones, though wasn’t adverse to a little contemporary, and during my high school years I read many genres trying to find my preference. Others laughed at my choice, romance not being the most ‘acceptable’ of categories, but I didn’t care. I’d sneak a book or two in my bag and manage to read as often as I could. I got lost reading stories of love and passion with a happily ever after, soon forgetting the world around me.
I swiftly found that reading paranormal romance was the genre for me. Vampires that push the limits, dragons that ooze dominance and angels that define alpha make my knees weak. However, like my Nan, I’m more than willing to try any kind of romance, as long as it makes me smile with happiness.
As a mother of boys, it’s doubtful I’ll be able to pass that love along, to take those trips to the library and wander around the romance section, but I see my eldest son already searching for his genre of books. He devours them faster than I… but I’m pretty sure he’d turn his nose up at a romance!
I get excited with him when he finds a book he adored and is ready to read again. It reminds me of the first time, those first books I still own, that started my addiction… that start my career as a writer.
So what was your first romance book? And how did you discover the genre?