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Sharon Page | Where Did You Get Your Love of Reading?


Whew!  I’m hoping I managed to have my post in on time.  We’ve had a few heath issues here, including little kids at home with the flu, and I’m on a tight schedule for revisions.  Needless to say, things have been hectic.

First, I have some exciting news to pass along.  THE CLUB made the USA Today bestseller list last week, which has made me a bestselling author for the first time.  So I’d like to shout out a thank you to readers who have bought the book and to booksellers who have been so enthusiastic about the story—and who have introduced me to readers!

I have a question for all you readers out there.  Where did you get your love of reading?

I’ve been thinking about this because my mom has Alzheimers, unfortunately.  She used to read a lot, but now only thumbs through magazines and those no longer catch her interest.  Since she introduced a great love of reading in me, it’s been tough to see her change.

My parents always had a ton of books around our house.  My dad loved used bookstores and would always bring home boxes of finds.  Mom loved mysteries and got me addicted to Agatha Christie’s stories early on.  For anyone else who’s a fan, I imagine you devoured the books as I did.  I’d read one or two a day.  Then re-read them again and again.  When I set out to write regency historical romance, I wanted to capture what I remembered from Agatha Christie.  The houseparties, the English villages with their beautiful, bucolic settings, and the mysterious motives that lurk beneath the surface of seemingly ordinary people—greed, love, fear.  I have to admit, after reading so many of her stories, I noticed that most times a doctor appeared in the story, he was the murderer.  Perhaps Agatha Christie did not have much luck with doctors.

I came to romance later in life.  I was in university at the time and realized that if I could wake up at 5:00 a.m. to type up a thesis, I could get up to write a book.  Gothic romances captivated me. The heroines were in jeopardy, but hey, these women were intelligent.  They figured things out.

My newest release, THE CLUB, blends a whodunit mystery centered around a scandalous Regency era “swingers club”—a club invented by an enterprising madam, who decides to cater to couples, instead of only gentlemen.  There’s lots of emotional romance.  And it’s hot. 

So here’s another question for readers of THE CLUB:  do you feel it is erotic?  Or is it a more sensual romance?

Certainly the scandalous club gives a very edgy setting.  My hero has spent eight years in India and has studied erotic texts such as the Kama Sutra.  He introduces the heroine to a deep sensuality she’s never experienced before, showing her how erotic even the scratches of her fingernails can be.  Blending erotic scenes, a mystery, and romance proved to be quite the balancing act.

Please post your thoughts on whether you feel THE CLUB is mainly a sensual romance, or if is fits your idea of erotic romance.  Or let me know where you got your love of reading.  I’m also giving away a book from my backlist (SIN, BLACK SILK, HOT SILK, BLOOD RED, BLOOD ROSE).

Sharon Page




24 comments posted.

Re: Sharon Page | Where Did You Get Your Love of Reading?

I got my love of reading from my mom and sister-in-laws.
I think The Club fits into the erotic category.
(Crystal Broyles 11:05am March 9, 2009)

Hi Crystal,
Thanks so much for dropping in. Perhaps it's very common for women to pass their love for reading along to others. My daughter is becoming an avid reader, and I'm thrilled.
(Sharon Page 11:44am March 9, 2009)

I'm not sure how I got my first Harlequin book, but I was in 7th grade and once I read that first one, I devoured all I could find. I would read what I had then my mon would take me to the library and I would swap them for new ones. I loved the paperback swap section. At school I would open my textbook and slip in my little paperback and read during class.
(Lisa Freeman 11:59am March 9, 2009)

When a friend of mine introduced me to Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series I became addicted to them. I'm always looking for new authors and series to read.
(Teresa Warner 12:34pm March 9, 2009)

I am not sure where I got my love of reading. My mother wasn't a reader, but father was. MY older sister is a reader too. Maybe thats where it all came from. I know that I read Gone With the Wind and I was hooked.
(Gail Hurt 1:16pm March 9, 2009)

I can't put my finger on where I got my live of reading from, just what I started out reading. At 10 I discovered the Nancy Drew collection which lead to Alfred Hitchcock Mystery collection and to finallize my grandmothers Victoria Holt romances. This has continued through the years now at 54 I an still reading mysteries, suspense/romances and regencies.
(Susan Lathen 1:27pm March 9, 2009)

Hi Lisa,
I never thought about hiding a paperback in a textbook. That's brilliant. I missed lots of good reading time by not thinking of it :-)
(Sharon Page 3:15pm March 9, 2009)

I can see why the Dark-Hunters got you hooked. I love them myself. Dance with the Devil, with Zarek, was my personal fave.
(Sharon Page 3:16pm March 9, 2009)

Hi Gail,
Gone with the Wind was another book that hooked me on reading. Have you read any of the sequels? How do they stand up against the original?
(Sharon Page 3:18pm March 9, 2009)

I was a Nancy Drew fan too, and now my daughter is interested. And I adored Victoria Holt! My mother-in-law would get large print versions, and I'd wake up early to have the chance to read them before she wanted them back.
(Sharon Page 3:19pm March 9, 2009)

:) My mom got me to reading too. She would read to me when I was smaller, always took me to the library every Friday, and when I was older would recommend authors. Now that I work in a library, I bring her books home! She hasn't had to go to the library or go to a bookstore in the six years I've worked at the library but always has a steady stream of books. :)

Loved your article!

I would say your books kind of go more toward the sensual side...I guess I think of "erotic" books to have little story and yours seems to have a well developed story.

Good luck with your new release!
(Rachael Grime 4:00pm March 9, 2009)

My mother has always been a great reader. When we were young we had to join the summer reading program at the library and my mother made us each read a minimum amount of books each summer.
(Maureen Emmons 5:04pm March 9, 2009)

My whole family started me on reading. I remember going to the library every Saturday morning with my mom, and when I finally turned six, I got my own library card! And that was nearly 50 years ago! I said nearly!
(Nikki Hilton 6:35pm March 9, 2009)

I got my love of readingfrom my Mom. We enjoyed our walks to the Library every week. I went thru the Nancy Drew series and from there went on to mysteries. I now read at least four different books at a time. Teresa Ward
(Teresa Ward 7:13pm March 9, 2009)

Thanks so much. I remember my mom taking me to the library. Even when we would travel to England to visit family, we would go the local libraries. I worked in my local library as a teenager. I was supposed to shelve books, but spent too much of my time reading them, and got in trouble.
(Sharon Page 9:00pm March 9, 2009)

That's a great idea--to set a minimum. And the summer is such a perfect time for reading. I'm going to have to remember to keep track of my daughter's reading this summer. Both she and my son love to go--they want to take out more books than I can carry home.
(Sharon Page 9:01pm March 9, 2009)

Hi Nikki,
I remember the thrill of getting my own card :-)
(Sharon Page 9:02pm March 9, 2009)

Hi Teresa,
When I was yung, I loved the Bobbsey twins, and Enid Blyton's books such as the Famous Five. Then it was Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden. I wanted to make sure I got every book in the series.
(Sharon Page 9:05pm March 9, 2009)

Hi Sharon,

First, I wanted to say that I'm sorry to hear about your mom. It's really tough to see her change.
I have not read The Club, but it sounds like a fantastic premise.
As far as earning to love reading goes, both my parents were teachers (my mom being in English). She took us 4 kids to the library weekly. I can't remember a time I didn't
read. Now my Ma'ma' (my Dad's mom) used to have Barbara Cartland romances at her house, so whenever we'd go over there, I'd get to bring some home and then
exchange them the next visit.
(Julie Robinson 9:55pm March 9, 2009)

I also got my love of reading from my
mom. She had this huge bookshelf and I
always used to borrow and read her
(M E 11:19pm March 9, 2009)

I've loved to read for as long as I can remember. Maybe I wanted to be like my brother and sister (9 and 13 years older than I respectively). My kids both love to read, now, too. My son had his first trip to Carnegie Public Library in Pittsburgh when he was two weeks old. At that point I was reading 10 HB books a week. Now I read ebooks and print books, short and long, so some weeks I must read 20, and others only 3. I always have my Palm T/X in my purse, with about 650+ books, so I never lack for something to do if I'm out and have a wait somewhere.
(Amy Toohey 10:10am March 10, 2009)

I can't remember a time when I couldn't read. The local librarians knew me by name. I was allowed to check out adult fiction long before my peers. This actually got me in trouble on an out-of-state custody visit to my father. I tried to check out a book the area librarian thought was inappropriate for my age (it didn't help that I always looked years younger than I was). Books were my favorite presents and gift cards for books are still my faves.
(Denise Powers 10:11am March 10, 2009)

I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. My grandmother had Alzheimer's and there are no words for how difficult it was to watch her change.

As to reading, my family has always been all about books. My mother's favorite book is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (she even named one of our dogs Daphne) and when she gave it to me to read, it was wonderful sharing it with her. My sister, who is much older than I am, gave me the "Wrinkle in Time" trilogy when I was nine, again as a way to share what she had loved when she was my age. Those connections are so important. We still all swap books back and forth.

Oh, and I would call "The Club" a sensual romance.

I love seeing some of the authors mentioned: I have all of Agatha Christie's books. I graduated from Trixie Belden (I enjoyed Nancy Drew, but the Bobwhites were my favorite sleuths) to Agatha Christie and devoured her books. Victoria Holt! I haven't thought about her books in years, but I remember loving them.
(Michelle St. James 3:17pm March 10, 2009)

I got my love of reading from my parents. When I was a kid, I loved Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden books. When I was a teenager, I read Emilie Loring and Victoria Holt (I still have most of these books). In my twenties I discovered Rosemary Rogers and Kathleen E. Woodiwiss and I have been reading all kinds of romance books ever since.
(Anna McKenrick 11:32pm March 10, 2009)

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