Why I Write Romance: Shelley Galloway

Do you remember the first romance you read? I do. In the back of the Spring Branch Library in Houston, Texas, there were stacks and stacks of wonderful, well-used Harlequin and Barbara Cartland romances. There was no book limit on them, and I would check out ten at a time.

I loved them. I loved the secretaries falling in love with their alpha-male bosses. I loved the nurses falling in love with perfect doctors, and the waiflike heroines of Regency England finding True Love with wicked Earls. I could become engrossed in a heroine’s life and all her troubles, and knew that by the time I went to sleep, all would be well.

Yes, I often wished my life was like that. In college, I majored in English literature, and read more depressing novels than I could shake a stick at. I did appreciate them. I learned to write essays about symbolism and how it all related to the socioeconomic structures of the times. But I liked the novels by my favorite Harlequin authors better.

Now, I count myself as extremely lucky to get to write the kinds of stories that bring the same kind of happiness I’ve found in Harlequins for decades now. I love creating stories where the heroes are wonderful, the heroines are sweethearts, and a happy ending is just a few hours away.

Shelley Galloway first discovered Harlequin romances at her public library. There, stacked high along the back shelves, were stacks of books that were far more interesting and fun than anything freshman English could offer. Her latest American Romance Second Chance Hero is on sale right now.

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Comments ( 7 )
  1. MarcieR
    November 3, 2010 at 11:03 am
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    Hi Shelley! We’re lucky to have you writing for Harlequin too!!

  2. Kathleen
    November 3, 2010 at 11:14 am
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    Hi Shelley! Oh, I agree, a happy ending to a good story makes life so much better. We all need a little romance in our lives — and the happiness part? That helps too. Thanks for posting.

  3. Shelley Galloway
    November 3, 2010 at 11:44 am
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    Hi Marcie! So good to see you here! : )

    Kathleen, I absolutely love happy endings. The one sure way to get me to NOT read a book? For someone to tell me they cried the whole way through a novel. No, thank you!

    Already I’m very excited for my Riddells of Texas books that will be released next year. In this triogy, the cowboys are gorgeous, the heroines are needy, and there’s lots of fun and humor. They’re some of my favorite books so far.

  4. Shelley Galloway
    November 3, 2010 at 11:47 am
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    Oops! I meant to write that the heroines are strong!! It’s those cowboys who are slightly needy.

  5. Johanna
    November 3, 2010 at 11:56 am
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    Hi Shelley,

    Your post made me smile. I was so angry after reading a recent award-winning literary novel, I almost chucked it at the wall. Why does depressing = good? I’m with you–give me a hunky cowboy any day!

    And readers should look forward to Shelley’s April American Romance book, MY FAVORITE COWBOY. As her editor, I can attest to the fact that it’s a fantastic read!

    Johanna

  6. MarcieR
    November 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm
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    Ah April – I was wondering when I’d get my next fix!

  7. Shelley Galloway
    November 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm
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    Oh Johanna,

    I still remember when I was trying to get up the nerve to send you the My Favorite Cowboy proposal. I told my husband that I wanted to write a story that was a cross between My Fair Lady and Gunsmoke. Even he was a little bit skeptical about that book’s chances!

    But that’s the beauty of writing for Harlequin, and especially for Harlequin American, I think. There’s room in the line for all kinds of novels-even books about cowboys who need charm school lessons. I loved writing that series!

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