By Cathy Shouse
Cupid plays a starring role this month, which provides a great excuse to explore Hoosier authors specializing in romance. Whether you gravitate toward wholesome or steamy, their novels highlight emotions associated with relationships and school us in the ways of love.
Four Fort Wayne-area authors featuring Happily Ever Afters:
“I had dreamed of writing a book for years but put it on the back burner when I got married and had children,” Denise said. “When my grandfather passed away, I was struck by the brevity of life and realized I didn’t want to have regrets when my time came. I started writing my first book within two weeks of his death, writing while my boys napped.”
Denise has since published dozens of novels over the course of her career. “Autumn Skies,” her most recently published novel, features a couple who must learn how to extend forgiveness on their journey to true love. Several of Denise’s novels have become Hallmark movies, including “Christmas on My Mind,” based on her novel, “The Goodbye Bride.”
“My writing journey began in 2011, and my first novel was published in 2013,” said Traci. “I write sometimes funny, usually awkward, always emotional stories featuring strong, quirky, wounded characters overcoming past adversity to find their Happily Ever Afters (HEAs).”
Traci, who has an MFA in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University, writes for three major publishers, including Harlequin/Mills and Boon’s medical romance line. She believes love is love and has published more than 25 stories featuring imperfect characters who find their perfect HEAs.
“I started writing romance the way a lot of others did—I read a book and thought, ‘Hmm…I could do that,’” Liz said. “It was probably about 20 years before I sold a book. Some overnight successes are extraordinarily long.”
A former columnist for the Peru Tribune. Liz’s latest release, A Window Over the Sink, is a compilation of her columns by the same name. Her most recent romance is “The Healing Summer.”
“The underlying theme in all of my books—I think—is healing,” Liz said. “Everyone has their heart broken at one point or another. As a writer, I love putting the pieces back together.”
Kyra Jacobs (pen name of Karen Morris):
“Writing was always something I enjoyed, as is storytelling,” Kyra said. “But a broken finger about 10 years ago was what had me stuck inside looking for something to do…and so my author journey began.”
“The Soccer Player and the Single Mom,” her most recent novel, is set in Quail Hollow (based on Garrett, IN).
With a multitude of talented Indiana writers, you can indulge your romantic side all year.
Ten more Hoosier romance authors, (Several have novels set in Indiana.):
Alison Bliss: authoralisonbliss.com
Ramona K. Cecil: ramonakcecil.com
Colleen Coble: colleencoble.com
Dawn Crandall: dawncrandall.blogspot.com
Sarah Ladd: sarahladd.com/books
Catherine Lanigan: catherinelanigan.com
Jeana Mann: jeanaemann.net
Nan Reinhardt: nanreinhardt.com
Aleatha Romig: aleatharomig.com
Lexi Ryan: lexiryan.com