Guest post – June Moonbridge

We have the lovely June Moonbridge visiting today.  I first met June when she and I shared the same publisher. When that publisher closed its doors, she and I, along with all the other signed authors had some pretty serious decisions to make. Do we look for another publisher? Do we go it alone? Do we focus on getting our current titles back out there? Or start again with new ones? And whereas I ultimately signed with another publishing house, June decided to take full control of her writing career and opted for the self-publishing route. Anyway, with the introductions over with, please give a warm welcome to fellow author June Moonbridge, who tells us why she writes what she writes.

Why do you write romance?

I’ve been asked this question over and over again. At the beginning I was thinking very hard, why I decided to write romance. But then again – another question popped up in my mind:

Why not?

To be able to answer both these questions, I need to return back in time.

Waaay BACK…

My mum was/is a great storyteller. She knew how to enliven the characters, the scenery… everything. I still love to listen to her childhood stories.

However I was somewhat a peculiar child.

I didn’t want to learn how to read. I loved stories and loved it when my mum read them to me, but to learn how to read – no… Not a chance. My teacher was confused how I was able to ‘read’ in the class if I was given to read a story from the beginning, but was unable to read a word if I was chosen to read in the middle of the story. When she pointed that out to my mum, my mum quickly realised I have a very good memory. You see, when she read to me, she was always pointing with her finger what and where we were in the story. And that was a great camouflage for me in school…

But – at the end… I learned how to read, with her the non-repressive guidance.

When I was ‘old’ enough (read – when I read all the books in the children’s section of our town’s library) to be let into an adult area at the age of twelve or maybe thirteen, a whole new world was laid in front of me.

Books, stories… a seventh heaven for a bookworm like me.

And around that age I discovered romance novels. I read it all, but I preferred historical romance. Authors like; Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, Jean Plaidy (yes I know that is the same person) and Kathleen E. Woodiwiss were my favourites. I read most of their books. So many were on my bookshelves before I borrowed them and people never returned…

So, it was no wonder when I considered to write a story (a novella) it was a romance. Not an historical one, which might come as a surprise, but a pure romance nevertheless.

I had my arguments with my Slovene teacher about my writing, through all my high school. I barely managed to get a D- for my creative writings. It was a shock for me after splendid A’s in my primary school.

At that time I decided when I send my first submission to the magazine, to a use pen name. When it was published and the critique came back really positive, I knew I was right that my teacher really hated me. Personally. I never knew why, and till this day, I have no clue what I did wrong.

However, writing became my relaxation. And writing romance was/is a relaxation squared. It’s the time I can shut the real word out and live a happy (or not so happy for some time) life of my characters. It doesn’t matter, I know it’s going to be HEA at the end.

So, why am I writing romance?

Perhaps because I have experienced life and the world itself can sometimes be an ugly place and they need some colourful paint on, until they change.

 

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