I met Janet Gover at an RNA do years ago and we just clicked. Janet’s great fun, full of enthusiasm and verve, and it doesn’t matter if I haven’t seen her since the last RNA do – I know I’m always going to be met with a warm hug. I was delighted when she had her first book accepted by Little Black Dress - she really worked hard for it and deserves every bit of her success.
Over to Janet:
I love a good cry. Movies. Books. When Kate won the RNA romance prize. Think of Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle – cuddled up on the sofa with a romantic film and a box of tissues. Crying can be good for us. Seriously. It's very cathartic. But it can be embarrassing. I have been known to burst into tears on a train or a plane or in a hotel dining room. A serious, sensible woman in a smart business suit, crying like a baby because some book has touched me. Yes - Kate. You are one of the guilty parties.
I have also been known to burst into tears when I'm writing. I become so involved with my characters and their stories, I feel the emotions they are feeling. The joys and sorrows. I know that when I get a little misty while writing a scene, there's a very good chance my readers will feel the same way.
When I first started writing, I tried my hand at short stories. I sold a few to women's magazines and one day I received a letter. It was from an elderly woman who had read one of my stories. It's a story about people who have been in love for a very long time. That reader said the character in the story had reminded her so much of her late husband, she had cried.
What a wonderful compliment that was. I felt honoured to have touched the reader so deeply. And yes, I cried when I read the letter. (The story is A Song in His Heart - you can read it on my website. http://janetgover.com/?page_id=638 )
Don't get me wrong – I'm a strong woman, some people would even call me tough – but I'm not ashamed to admit that sometimes, I cry. None of us should be. So thanks Kate – and all the other authors who touch me like that.
You can find out more about Janet and her books on her website www.janetgover.com
I'm going to give away a copy of Girl Racers – and see if you can find the scene in that made me cry as I wrote it. To win – just let me know a book or a movie that made you cry – maybe more than once.