Writer Wednesday Welcomes: Donna Fasano

Today I had the good fortune of having romance author Donna Fasano over to my blog. Donna is a romantic at heart, like myself. However, she has had the honor of writing romances with Harlequin for more than 20 years. She’s been kind enough to come by and talk to us today about why she writes romance. Thank you so much Donna! Leave a comment for Donna because she’s giving away 3 copies of her title, Nanny and the Professor!

Take it away:

Why I Write Romance Novels

By Donna Fasano

I can’t tell you how many times over the course of my 20-plus year career as a published romance author I have been asked, “When are you going to write a real book? You know, a [insert genre of choice, such as mystery, family saga, historical, thriller, horror, western, etc].” So I’d like to take this opportunity to tell readers (and anyone else who might be interested) why I write romance novels.

I suffered a lot of tragedy while I was growing up, the worst of which was losing my mother just as I was entering my teens. I felt as though I went from 13 to 35 overnight, and when my friends were off having fun, I was cooking and cleaning and helping my little brother with his homework. Romance novels were an escape for me. The Wolf and the Dove, The Far Pavilions, Whitney My Love, Rebecca, The Thorne Birds…if the book featured one man and one woman falling in love, I read it! Romance novels offered me hope for a happy future filled with love (hokey, yes, but I was young). As a young wife and mother, I discovered Silhouette Romance Novels. These books were short and sweet and uplifting. Each and every story put a smile on my face, and the happily-ever-after endings always boosted my spirits. Are romance novels real? No. Does every relationship end in HEA? Of course not. But if I wanted doom and gloom, I’d watch the evening news.

As an author, I can’t think of a better way to use my talent than to bring pure enjoyment to my readers. I tell people that I write cotton candy for the mind. Think about that. When you were a kid and you put a small cloud of that wispy confection on your tongue, what did you do? You smiled. And maybe you even laughed. That’s the reaction I’m going for with my short, upbeat stories. That’s why I write romance novels. So if you’re looking to get lost for a few hours in a fun, cheery story, I hope you’ll try one of my books.

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Nanny and the Professor

Professor Joshua Kingston thought he’d found the perfect nanny for his son. But once Cassie Simmons stepped into his life, she turned it upside down! His son no longer played by the rules – and Cassie kept making up new ones. He would fire her – if he didn’t find her so utterly enticing.

Cassie had a huge secret to hide, and she couldn’t afford to lose her new job. But her handsome employer wasn’t making things easy. All those silly rules. How was an eight-year-old boy supposed to have any fun? The professor definitely needed a lesson in laughter – and love!

Leave a comment for Donna because she’s giving away 3 copies of her title, Nanny and the Professor!

Find Donna online:

Donna is a bestselling, award-winning author of over 30 novels that have sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide. You can find her on the web at www.DonnaFasano.com, or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DonnaFasanoAuthor, or on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/DonnaFaz. Her books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, Sony, and Apple iBooks.

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8 comments to Writer Wednesday Welcomes: Donna Fasano

  • This really sounds like a good and fun read! I bet there are some hilarious scenes in the book and I’m really looking forward to reading it. A strict parent? Yucks… Fun nanny? Yessh!!! :D

  • Thanks for sharing this with us, Donna! I’ve never thought of romance as “cotton candy for the mind.” I’ve always thought that romance had to be serious, exciting, and depressing at one point or another. I’m always trying to change my writing voice to make my romance stories fit those points!

    This gives me a lot to think about. Perhaps I need to start reading more fun romances. Aside from your books, do you have any suggestions for authors?

    Thanks again!

  • Heather

    Sounds fun! I read to escape and romance is perfect for that. I work at the library and sometimes people ask why I don’t read ” real” books. I want to hit them

  • Shannon

    Well I’m glad you write romance! This book looks really cute. I like unexpected love stories.

  • Why you became a writer hit’s home for me. Thank you for sharing your story and will enjoy reading your books,]

  • Thanks, everyone, for commenting! And I’d like to thank Julie for having me.

    Dahnya, I read so many romance novels. I would suggest Sophia Kinsella, Jennifer Crusie, Beth Orsoff, Julie James, Meg Cabot…oh, and I can’t leave out Helen Fielding…and that’s just naming a few.

    Heather, I have to go on record as saying you really shouldn’t hit. *whispers* But if you do, call me and I’ll bail you out.

  • Oh, the frantic scrabbling for a pen and paper, how I love you.

    Donna, that list made my day. Seriously. This is the reason I have Amazon Prime (hehe)…

  • Great interview. Like Donna, I spent my teens in books like The Wolf and the Dove and The Far Pavilions. Don’t think I would have made it through adolescence without them. Romance novels transport us to far away places and times and give us a sense that a fabulous world is out there waiting for us. Thanks for this!

    There’s a nice mention in Porter Anderson’s Writing on the Ether (on Jane Friedman’s blog) today about how romance novels are gaining some respect. They deserve it.

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