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And now without further ado...Ericka Scott on love...
I’m sure when Cindy Jacks asked me to write a post about love, she never dreamed she’d get a post about my first love. Books. In particular, the romance title I fell in love with.
I taught myself to read at age 3 and have been devouring books ever since. My first love, Nancy Drew, was quickly replaced by Agatha Christie and then a multitude of other mystery writers.
In fact, while growing up, my Christmas list was clogged with names of books to complete my collection. Then, I went to college. That first year was really tough. I was desperately homesick but what I missed the most was my books. My roommate read Harlequin romances, and although I was always welcome to pillage her stack of titles for something to read, they just weren’t ‘meaty’ enough for me.
Right before finals, I received a box from my parents. Inside was a finals survival kit, snacks, spare pens and paper, and buried at the bottom, a huge book. My mom had stuck a note inside the front cover. Although she knew all of my favorite authors, she didn’t want to buy something I’d already read. So, she asked the local bookseller for a recommendation and had bought this book for me. The only caveat she added was that I was to wait until after finals to read it. Ha!
The book was A Rose in Winter, by Kathleen Woodiwiss. It was love at first read, and I credit this one book with planting the seed of my love for the romance genre . I can only hope that one day, one of my books, will serve as an inspiration and open the door into a magical world to take the reader away from the mundane, even if just for a few hours.