I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post from author Ina Carter, who answers my question...
ELF: What do you think is the strongest attraction about the genre(s) you like to write in?
IC: I am an avid reader and I read everything from non-fiction and classic literature, to mystery and sci-fi. In my opinion a good book is one that teaches you something new, helps you comprehend better the world around you, or gives you an insight on human emotions. This is why I chose to write mostly in the romance genre. My personal journey as an author started early in life, when one of my teachers sent a love poem I wrote to a literary magazine for young authors, and to my surprise it got published. I was eleven, and at that age my poetry was not based on romantic feelings I’d experienced, but on concepts about love I learned from books. My journey continued throughout college, where I majored in Psychology and Social studies, eager to satisfy my curiosity about human nature, and understand what motivates people’s decisions.
As a romance author my focus is not simply on romantic love, but the relationships my characters have with all the people in their lives, their passions and dreams. I believe that even my villains deserve a chance to explain their motivations and reveal their human traits. No one is eternally bad or evil, and no one is perfect, and I try to create characters that are believable and flawed, and give them an opportunity to learn and grow.
There are many reasons people read romance, but I think the biggest attraction to genre is not that it is a “guilty pleasure,” but that we as humans are always searching for love, even in the darkest times of our lives. I would never forget that moment in the movie “Precious,” when that poor girl found escape from the horrible sexual abuse she suffered, by creating a fantasy world in her head, not only to cope with the trauma, but to believe that there is someone out there who loved her. For many readers romance novels are just that – a way to heal from trauma, or find hope that love is waiting around the corner. Even if we are in happy relationships, we all want to remember our first love, the one that broke our hearts, or the one that became our forever.
GENRE: Contemporary romance
The Greeks had seven words for LOVE. I felt all of them for ONE MAN…
My name is Lauren, and I was a stolen baby.
They found me in a trailer park in rural Texas when I was eight years old. My childhood wasn’t perfect, but then I had Kevin. He was my everything…
When they returned me to my biological parents, we were torn apart.
My new family desperately tried to fix me, make me forget him… My father kept me on a short leash and controlled every aspect of my life. The one thought keeping me afloat was to find Kevin, but he vanished without a trace.
I searched for him for twelve years, but the man I found was not the boy I lost. He is a college baseball star, tattooed, moody, and dark… And he hates me.
Can Kevin help me defeat my demons, or does he have too many of his own?
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I was taken to another room with a big table and many chairs. A woman came in, sat across from me, and started telling me things about how Mamma was not my real mom and neither was Daddy. She said Mamma told Stacy she stole me when I was a baby from some hospital in the California State. I knew those were lies, and I told her Stacy is a liar. All I could think of was Kevin, not about Mamma and Daddy. She was trying to tell me he was not my brother, either. When I heard that I had to go with her and stay for a while with some nice people, I started crying.
“Is Kevin coming too?” I sobbed.
“No, sweetheart. He would have to stay in another place.”
I tried to run away from the room. All I wanted was to get back to my brother. The officer must have been guarding the room from the outside because he grabbed me before I could get away from him.
At the same time, I saw another man taking Kevin out of the doctor’s room. My brother looked at me, and I would never forget his eyes. Desperate, fearful, broken. His whole face was distorted by the pain. It was radiating from his whole being.
I kicked and screamed. Called Kevin’s name. I bit the hand that was holding me prisoner. Kevin was also pulling away, trying to kick the policeman keeping him captive.
I don’t know why, but they let us go. We ran to meet in the middle of the corridor and collapsed down to our knees, wrapping our arms around each other. And we cried.
“You are my sister, Jules. My friend. My… everything,” Kevin sobbed, and his words were echoing my exact thoughts.
“Please, Kevin! Don’t let them take you away from me! Please!” I begged him.
But they were already pulling him from my arms, breaking our souls, ripping away from me the one person I loved the most in this world.
“I’ll find you, Jules! I’ll come for you!” Those were the last words he said to me…
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Ina Carter has always been an avid reader. She discovered her love for writing at an early age when her first poem was published in a literary magazine at age twelve. As a lifetime collector of inspirational stories, Ina believes that love is the most powerful force in the Universe. She writes in multiple genres – romantic comedies, contemporary and paranormal. Ina lives in Southern California with her husband, two kids, and one very temperamental cat. You can find more about Ina and future book releases at www.InaCarter.com.
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