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Grace Burrowes | Symbolism in Romance Novels
November 3, 2015
Once upon a time, I wrote a little Scottish contemporary novella about an
American florist who falls in love with a Scottish farmer, and as Read More...
Grace Burrowes | When Our Hero Is Feeling Sheepish
August 26, 2015
LOVE is the first in my Read More...
Grace Burrowes | The Duke's Disaster
April 7, 2015
In the first line of THE DUKE'S DISASTER, Noah Winters, Duke of Read More...
Grace Burrowes | The Best for Last: Why It’s Hard to Say Good-bye
March 10, 2015
I’m an author who takes her characters seriously. They aren’t chess pieces to be
moved through the plot for my convenience, they’re Read More...
Grace Burrowes | The Best of Brothers
February 11, 2015
The Sweetest Kisses contemporary romance series is built around three
brothers who are partners in and co-owners of a western Maryland law Read More...
Grace Burrowes | The Best Way to Heal a Bad Day is a Romance
January 7, 2015
Pretty Woman was the first movie I considered a “keeper”. Richard Gere
and Julia Roberts made that story pop, and I’ve watched Read More...
Grace Burrowes | Beating the Holiday Blues
October 7, 2014
So much about the Christmas holidays is wonderful. We get together with friends
and family we might not see at any other time of year Read More...
Grace Burrowes | Highland Hospitality
September 3, 2014
Anybody who reads Scottish history will come across mention of the Massacre at
Glencoe, an incident involving the English government of William of Orange and Read More...
Grace Burrowes | My Anti-Heroine
August 13, 2014
St. Clair was attempting a confession or a condemnation of
himself; Milly wasn’t sure which, but she did know she wanted to Read More...
Grace Burrowes | To Say 'I Do', Or Not To Say 'I Do' — That Is The Proposal Question
July 17, 2014
One of the dynamics we’re told characterized Regency society was that the young
ladies desperately hoped for a handsome swain to be smitten with Read More...
Grace Burrowes | Who Can Top Mr. Darcy?
February 6, 2014
I've written English heroes of Georgian, Regency, Victorian and (in my work in
progress), contemporary extraction, and I love every one of them. When Read More...
Grace Burrowes | How being a lawyer is like writing romance… well, sorta .
August 15, 2013
When I attend a romance writer’s conferences, I’m likely to hear that yet
another author—often one whose books I very much enjoy Read More...
Grace Burrowes | The Importance of Being Unproductive
April 4, 2013
One of the questions an author hears most is, "Where do you get your ideas?" and
for a book about a hero who has very Read More...
Grace Burrowes | Why I Had to Write Horse Romance
February 7, 2013
I am a horse girl. Those similarly afflicted know that for every birthday,
Christmas, Easter, and visit from the tooth fairy, all I ever wanted Read More...
Grace Burrowes | Ten things I didn't know about the Victorian Era
December 6, 2012
THE BRIDEGROOM WORE
PLAID is my first venture into Victorian romances, and writing Read More...
Grace Burrows | Why I Love Writing Christmas Romances...
October 26, 2012
I'm hard at work on my third Christmas romance (out next Fall), a story, like Read More...
Grace Burrowes | Love, Honor and Torture
May 3, 2012
As romance authors, we're often told to "Torture the hero!" Make him a deeply
conflicted, wounded (irresistibly attractive) fellow, and spend the next 376 Read More...
Grace Burrowes | What My Characters Taught Me
November 2, 2011
It's axiomatic that protagonists in romantic fiction are going to have to face
their worst fears. They'll be forced by fate (or the Read More...
Grace Burrowes | If I Could to Trade Places with My Characters...
June 2, 2011
The temptation to trade places with my heroine is great and the reason obvious:
when the candles have been doused and the book closed, Emmie Read More...
Grace Burrowes | Nightmares into Fairy Tales
December 16, 2010
As a kid, I shared a bedroom with three siblings. The other three wanted the
hall light turned off at night, I wanted it kept Read More...
It also left enough time to grab a law degree through an evening program, produce Beloved Offspring (only one, but she is a lion), and eventually move to the lovely Maryland countryside.
While reading yet still more romance novels, Grace opened her own law practice, acquired a master's degree in Conflict Transformation (she had a teenage daughter by then) and started thinking about writing.... romance novels. This aim was realized when Beloved Offspring struck out into the Big World a few years ago. ("Mom, why doesn't anybody tell you being a grown-up is hard?")
Grace eventually got up the courage to start pitching her manuscripts to agents and editors. The query letter that resulted in "the call" started out: "I am the buffoon in the bar at the RWA retreat who could not keep her heroines straight, could not look you in the eye, and could not stop blushing--and if that doesn't narrow down the possibilities, your job is even harder than I thought." (The dear lady bought the book anyway.)