Why does a guy write Love stories?

 

A LITTLE BIT OF BLACKMAIL

A BLANKET FOR HER HEART

Available at        AMAZON      Barnes&Noble

Happy Easter and welcome to my blog. If you found me through Blog Hop Spot you know I’ve got a contest going on. Hmm? First I want to tell you a little about me though.

I’m RC Bonitz. As the man behind the curtain said in the Wizard of Oz, “Ignore that man behind the curtain”/ in the picture. I’m actually twenty-one and a woman. Sure. Not that that matters, except that I write love stories. Actually, I’ve been writing about fifteen years, much of that rather casually, putting in about three or four hours a week at my computer in the early days.

That changed dramatically when I became serious about publication. I’ve written short stories and a number of novels, including suspense, mystery, one historical that turned into a saga, and more recently contemporary love stories. I say love stories simply because one of them doesn’t quite fit the formula of a pure Romance. I’m not giving away my secrets here — you’ll have to read it to find out why. That one is called A Blanket for Her Heart and is out in print on Amazon now. My other book, a sweet romance published by Silver Publishing, is A Little Bit of Blackmail and that’s available in print or as an ebook.

I live in Connecticut, close to the shores of Long Island Sound, and am a member of the Connecticut chapter of RWA. Check them out if you’re not familiar with them — it’s a great organization with one goal- to get its members published. We’ve got a conference scheduled May 12, with a bunch of agents and editors coming just to check out your latest book.

I know what you’re thinking. Why does a guy write romance? Actually, I didn’t in the beginning. I do like love stories though, so when I heard Suzanne Brockman speak a few years ago some of her ideas intrigued me and the transition to writing romance made a lot of sense. I went on-line, found RWA and CTRWA, and signed up. Which is how I became a romance writer, not why. Am I evading the question? Maybe. I’m not sure I really know the why of it. Happy endings? Yeah, I like them. But, you know, I just read Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie, which was written in the early 1900’s and does not end happily. Carrie isn’t even a particularly heroic character. But, I loved her, and realized I love each of my own heroines.

They have their problems to deal with, but sweet yet strong, vulnerable and daring and determined they are. Diane and Anne, and Jessie, the heroine of my sequel A Little Bit of Baby- I love them all. And, I love the heroine of another novel I’m playing with and I don’t even know who she is! Well, I know some things about her, but she doesn’t have a name yet. Hmm- maybe there’s a future contest there? Too soon for that- she’s in my fourth book, which is just a page or two of thoughts in my files right now. But- I did promise a contest for today, didn’t I?

Okay. I’ve got two sisters in my current WIP. Both are married with a child, the sisters of my hero, Ike Harris. When their Mother has a stroke they’re there with Ike, worrying and waiting for a bit of hopeful news. Until Ike blurts out a secret he’s revealed to no one else. I’m not happy with the names I’ve given them. Suggest new names and win a copy of my books. We’ll have two winners- one for each name I choose! The heroine is Jessie and her sister is Diane, so those names won’t work. I look forward to your suggestions. Good luck

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17 Responses to Why does a guy write Love stories?

  1. Megan says:

    Ugh names! I write in my free time and the names are the hardest part for me. I was told to get a baby name book from a used book store and then flip through it to find a name. But will suggest a few that I like. Madeline, Rosalynd, Eve, Laurel, Harper. Any of those sound good? I hope you find some you like. Thanks for the hop! Happy Easter!

    megy_pooh@yahoo.com

    • rcbonitz says:

      Hi Megan- thanks for your comment. You’ve got a contender there but it’s still early. You said you write in your gree time- what do you like to write? RC

      • Megan says:

        I am a romance girl :) I have several ideas and stories in progress but I always get stuck after about 20,000 words. I am trying to overcome that hurdle, lol.

      • rcbonitz says:

        Megan- Do you plot your stories in advance? I used to have that problem of short stories but then i changed the way i work. Try picking out your end point and the black moment just before the end. Then you can go back and figure out turning points in the story- those three or four points where something has to happen to the heroine to get the story to it’s end. Bob

  2. Sherry S. says:

    I like the names Emily Beth and August Brooke.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

    • rcbonitz says:

      Thanks Sherry- interesting names. I’ve never used a combined name like these, but the idea raises some nice possibilities- nicknames and all that. Hope you enjoyed the blog. I don’t know if you noticed- there are some free reads in earlier posts. Cheers RC

  3. kaylynd says:

    How about the name Audree? Or how about Michelle, or KaLynne. I might be biased since those names are close family and friends. lol Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Easter!!!
    kaylyndavis1986@yahoo.com

  4. Krysykat says:

    Hmmmm… let’s see Jostlen and Philania, yep those are my picks :)

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

  5. Shadow says:

    Happy Easter! You have a wonderful time and have a great day! ;) Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway! How about the names Skye or Summer?
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

    • rcbonitz says:

      Thanks Shadow- you too. Will post the winners when I make a decision. What so you like to read? RC

      • Shadow says:

        Thank you! :) I like to read romance. Im not really picky on the genre, i like just about all of them. As long as i get the romance, the happy couple and the HEA, im happy! :) What about you? What do you like to read? Any favorite authors?

      • rcbonitz says:

        I’m a romance reader for the most part, though I do like Nicholas Sparks too. My favorite authors are Jennifer Crusie, Debbie Macomber and Kristan Higgins. Kristan is a good friend and was my mentor for a while. I met her when her first book was just coming out. .What about you? Are you a writer too? Bob

  6. Shadow says:

    Ive read Jennifer and Kristan, i think Debbie too. Nope, not a writer. Just an addicted reader. lol
    Some of my favorite authors are Diana Palmer, Christine Feehan, Lora Leigh, Laurann Dohner, Maya Banks, etc… I could go on and on! :D

  7. Shadow says:

    Diana Palmer, her books are more cowboys than anything. But the rest, they range, mostly on paranormal/ sci- fi and i should warn you, there lots of sex (very explicit) so if your not into that type of thing, i wouldnt mess with them and cuss words. Dianas is pretty safe and tame though.

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