The First Romance Story ...
I'm not sure about you, but throughout my life even as a young girl I have loved romance stories. It didn't matter if it was a Harlequin category romance or something by Johanna Lindsey. I loved them all. Just ask my sixth grade reading teacher. I don't think she could have been more embarassed than when I handed her my book report on Beyond the Horizon by Connie Mason. Of course, I couldn't be more excited than when I got my response to a letter I wrote the author thanking me for sharing my opinion of her novel.
My mother Darlene turned me towards the classics. She introduced me to Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, Colonel Brandon in Persuasion, and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. But there was one book that stood out above the rest, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.
Often considered the precursor to the romance novel, Jane Eyre set the stage for generations to come. As a reader, Jane Eyre is a pleasure to read. As a writer it offers an invaluable teaching tool. I recommend to every aspiring romance novelist to take a look at our predessessors and see what drew people to their fabulous tales and how we can apply those same tactics to our own writing.
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