Thursday, June 6, 2013

FALLING IN LOVE WITH A GENRE


Congratulations to "Sandra G.", the winner of Angi's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

I'm often asked in interviews "why romantic suspense?" Without thinking much, I've always been drawn to things with a mystery. Scooby Doo and Johnny Quest were two of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons.The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew… Even the original book of101 Dalmations had an element of the unsolved crime and righting a wrong. And I loved the NBC Mystery Movie in the 70's that rotated between Columbo, McMillan and Wife, and McCLoud. Who could resist Dennis Weaver in a hat and boots walking the streets of NYC? 

But my love of reading came from being taken to the library as a child.

I was fortunate that my mother didn't take a full-time job until I was 12. My summers were full of walking to the swimming pool and stopping by the library on the way home. Lots of reading when there wasn't much more to do on rainy days. In fact, I still feel like writing or curling up with a good book when the rain is pouring outside.

I can't remember when I found Mary Stewart. It could have been as early as the fifth or sixth grade. Or maybe I saw THE MOONSPINNERS on the Wonderful World of Disney. Whenever I did, I devoured everything she'd written. I couldn't get enough. I loved the combination of mystery and love story. Timeless stories and writing… And then I discovered THE CRYSTAL CAVE and the Arthurian Saga, but that's another post. LOL
 
So I fell in love. From the first western I began to the current work-in-progress about twin brothers determined to save not only the women they love, but their family ranch… mystery, suspense, danger, honor, and love tangled together somewhere in the state of Texas. 

Helped by the anticipation that a book would be on the shelf and available to borrow. Spurred on by my imagination and curiosityabout how the characters sounded, how they moved. Driven to recreate those images long-after I'd returned the book. Compelled to want more adventures for the characters I loved so much. I guess I was destined to become a writer. Seven sales later and I still love my genre. And to think…it all began with a love of reading and trips to the library.
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Angi Morgan writes “Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love.” She combines actual Texas settings with characters who are in realistic and dangerous situations. Angi's work has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best Award,Romantic Times Best First Series, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Daphne du Maurier.
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30 comments:

  1. We read a lot in the summer too because our mother always signed us up for the summer reading programs.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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    1. I can remember one summer program. It might have been every summer...THAT part's unclear. But I remember the reading. I mentioned rainy days, but honestly, I'd tuck myself in the shade in the cool St. Augustine and read. The "in earnest" writing began in the 6th grade when a long-term substitute teacher encouraged me to put my stories on paper.
      ~Angi

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  2. The reading bug did not bite me until the end of High School... I picked up a historical by Catherine Coulter and was caught... from there I picked up some of her FBI books and then was caught with the romantic suspense genre... before that I would read once in a blue moon a Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys or a fantasy type book with dragons... had no liking really for reading when I was younger... now I am rarely ever without one at hand...

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    1. That's great to hear Colleen. I Luuuuuuuuv Catherine Coulter. In fact, I have all my first books that I picked up. I recent;y loaned them to a friend because she couldn't find part of one of her earlier series.

      ~Angi

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  3. looking forward to fire inside by Kristen Ashley

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Just the title has me intrigued, BN !!
      ~Angi

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  4. I was fortunate to have a wonderful choldren's librarian at the local branch who took the time to suggest books to read. In addition, both my older siblings were/are heavy readers so there were plenty of books at home to read.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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    1. That's awesome TAURUS. My son never picked up the reading bug, even though he read everything Star Wars. LOL Somewhere along the line, it became uncool...or just couldn't compete with Nintendo.
      ~Angi

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  5. I spent many happy hours browsing through the library as a child. Still love it.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. I love bookstores and libraries. Like a man at The Home Depot...I could browse and look at stuff for hours and hours.
      ~Angi

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  6. I used to spend hours at the library.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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    1. When I was 11, we move to a town without a library. "The library" shifted to my grandmother's home. She and my aunts would read Harlequin Presents and historicals and create a stack for me to take home. I still have some with my grandmother's initials and words: OK for Angi.

      ~Angi

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  7. I've loved to read for as long as I can remember. I had most of Dr. Seuss and still have my original 4-book set of Winnie the Pooh as well as The Secret Garden. My favorite genre...that's a tough call. Romance for sure, but sub-genre-wise--historicals, from Regency to the American West, are right up there. But I love a good contemporary tale as well.

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    1. Woot, Hey Jen!
      I never got into Winnie the Pooh (movie or books). LOVED The Secret Garden (especially the original movie). It was my mother's favorite movie and I watched it with her the first time. Will have to watch that again soon.
      ~Angi

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  8. My mom used to take my sister and me to the big library downtown in the summers for their story time. There were others closer, but this one had a lot more books. We also used to participate in the summer reading program to earn stickers and bookmarks. I don't remember a time when I didn't have books in the house. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

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    1. My email address is mamacitasteph at hotmail dot com.

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    2. That must have been an awesome trip downtown.

      My mom would pull us in a red wagon. WAAAAAYYY back then, they were a one car family. :-) We went everywhere in that red wagon (which is now out in my yard, but much too heavy to pull anywhere).

      Thanks for stopping by Stephanie !
      ~Angi

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  9. I am one of those book nerds who was drawn to them innately. My mother encouraged my passion, taking me often to the library and allowing me to "go crazy" when ordering Scholastic Books from the classroom circulars. I later realized that my favorite Scholastic Books (by Beverly Cleary and Rosamond Du Jardin) were essentially young YA romances. That's what I went on to write myself. Go figure!

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    1. That's awesome Tina !
      And I'm writing for Harlequin (a dream I've had for a long time) and added my love of suspense. Best job ever !
      ~Angi

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  10. Hey, Angi. My parents read to me when I was really little. I went on to Nancy Drew and The Dana Girls series (They were twins.) I think I always read. Loved your reference to the Sunday night mysteries. Some good romantic suspense. Not what they called it, but that's what it was. Of course, the queens are Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, and Phyllis Whitney. Or before that Daphney DuMurrier. If there's no romance, I'm not much interested. If there's no suspense I'm not much interested. Everyone to her own poison, so to speak. :)

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    1. LOVE IT: Everyone to her own poison!

      OH, I forgot, I was hooked on Ellery Queen --but I have to admit, it was mainly because we watched Jim Hutton portray him on television. LOL (Alro devoured Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney!)
      ~Angi

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  11. I think it was because I was always alone when I was a little kid. Reading was a great way to pass the time! That's how I got hooked on reading!

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    1. Sorry you were alone, May. But what a productive use of your time !!
      ~Angi

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  12. I remember McCloud. This TV series was my all time favorite. It did help that McCloud was a cop/cowboy and he has a horse. I guess from him, I just love that cop/cowboy genre with mystery.

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    1. I forgot to include my email address: kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    2. It's sort of that "fish out of water" element, right? I think those are the stories I like to write the best. ~Angi

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  13. See Spot Run. Seriously. Ever since I learned what letters were, I would ask what they spelled. The first story sent home from school was See Spot Run. I read it. Then I read it again, and have read voraciously ever since.

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    1. That is so cool, Wendy. Hill Country Hold-up's FIRST title was SEE JANE RUN. I loved that title.

      ~Angi

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  14. See Spot Run. Seriously. Ever since I learned what letters were, I would ask what they spelled. The first story sent home from school was See Spot Run. I read it. Then I read it again, and have read voraciously ever since.

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  15. Ah, yes, the library. Six blocks wasn't far to walk to enjoy Emilie Loring and Mary Stewart. Then I found Victoria Holt at bookstores, and I was hooked on romantic suspense. Today I enjoy Roxanne St. Claire, Angi Morgan, Linda Castillo, Cindy Dees, and Linda Castillo. Carolyn Rae Author - facebook, author of Romancing the Gold coming soon from Noble Romance Publishing.

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