Celebrate 35 Years of Harlequin Desire with Diana Palmer
Thirty-five years ago, I was asked to do a novel for a new line: Silhouette Desire. It was quite an honor, as I’d only been a published author for three years. So I said yes, and the novel I produced was The Cowboy and the Lady, which came out in 1982. At that time, I was a full-time newspaper reporter and the mother of a two-year-old son.
I loved Desire from the day they bought that first book. The Desire line, now Harlequin Desire, was racy and passionate, and we were allowed a lot of freedom within the confines of traditional category romance.
It has been my pleasure to write for that wonderful line many times over the past thirty-five years. I’ve enjoyed every story I got to tell. But The Cowboy and the Lady is still my favorite, of all the books I’ve ever written. Jason Whitehall was a unique character, much easier to dislike than like as the story began. And Amanda, my heroine, was innocent. I can’t tell you how many editors I had to fight at other houses to maintain my virginal heroines. But I never had to fight a Harlequin editor to create heroines who reflected my own set of values. Harlequin Desire always made me feel at home and welcome.
I will always treasure my Desire novels. They hold a special place in my heart, as does the Harlequin Desire line. Happy thirty-fifth anniversary!
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