I've always believed that to be passionate about something is a gift.
Personally, passions give me something to dream about, to look forward to, and
to pour my love, energy, and excitement into. The nature of some interests is to
evolve as we do, sometimes even disappearing entirely to make room for new ones
that fit into the different stages of our lives. Other things become essential
to us, a part of our very natures, and settle deep into our hearts where their
spark will never be extinguished.
Here are five of the things that set my Heart on Fire.
Family. I have two amazing children, a nine-year-old boy
and a five-year-old girl, and a helpful, generous husband who is a terrific
father. I have parents, a sister, nieces and a nephew, and a whole slew of both
close and extended in-laws that we see when we can. Not a day in my life has
gone by when I didn't know I could count on my mother if I needed to, for
whatever, no matter what. That's a huge gift to any child, and I hope that my
children will feel the same way about me each and every day of their lives.
Giving them the love and support they need and deserve is something that truly
sets my heart ablaze.
Writing. The moment I got serious about writing, it
instantly became a passion. I quickly reached the point where I was frustrated,
and even unhappy, if I wasn't putting words down every day. My imagination
started going wild and needed an outlet. In fact, I couldn't write fast enough.
When I wasn't at the computer, the story would just keep going in my mind. I
started having a terrible time sleeping, because the words wouldn't shut off. I
just kept on writing and writing and writing in my head—and hoping I would still
remember some of the good lines when I finally got back to the keyboard again.
Luckily, I've mostly managed to corral writer-related insomnia into a first
draft syndrome, but I always keep a pen and notebook next to the bed, because I
never know when I'll need to scribble notes to myself in the middle of the
Scotland. I will admit it… I was bitten by the Outlander
bug. It bit me about twenty-five years ago, though (long before the TV show!),
and was helped along by Julie Garwood's Scottish historical romances (The Bride
was the first romance novel I ever read). I've been passionate about Scotland
ever since. So much so, that I've been there eight times in the last twenty
years and often dream about going back. My favorite place to visit is Oban, on
the west coast. It makes a great base for exploring all of Argyll, the
Highlands, and the islands. One of my favorite things about the area is being
able to suddenly spot a ruined castle from the road and just stop the car, get
out, and explore the ruins, sometimes without another soul in sight (Carnasserie
Castle near Kilmartin is a gem of this kind). Scotland is a tourist madhouse in
the summer, but you can have the roads and castles practically to yourself at
other times of the year.
Kindness. I think there's nothing that swells my heart
faster or sends tears rushing to my eyes more quickly than acts of kindness,
simple or huge. I try to make kindness a way of life, even if it's just asking a
person who looks lost if they need directions, or helping an elderly person who
is struggling on the stairs. I'm grateful for the organizations and charities
that make it possible to contribute to humanitarian efforts all over the globe,
and I am in awe of the people who choose to leave the comfort of their homes and
lives to go out into the world in the service of others. I'd like to give a
special nod to my father here, who spent two years of the early 1960s in Nigeria
with the Peace Corps.
Romance novels. Talk about a life-long passion! I probably
started reading romance novels at fifteen, and I never plan to stop. Now I write
them, too, so it's fair to say that romance is a huge part of my life. Romance
novels bring joy and hope to hundreds of thousands of people a day—which is
huge! There's an undeniable pull to the idea that a happy ending is out there
for all of us, even if getting to it isn't easy. Love always triumphs. But
romance novels are so much more than that. They're: "Look at that! It's okay to
dream big, to have fantasies, to expect sexual satisfaction, to be both smart
and sexy, to not be perfect but be worthy of love anyway, to be in a
relationship with whoever (or whatever—shifters? vampires?) I want, to cross
boundaries of color, gender, and class, to kick taboos to the curb and say, ‘to
hell with it, it makes me happy, so I'm doing it anyway'." Romance is powerful
and a bright light inside all of us who love it.
What are some of the things that set YOUR Heart on Fire?
conclusion to the Kingmaker Chronicles, available January 2018!
Who is Catalia Fisa?
With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the
root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin's
role in shaping her destiny.
Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally
accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones,
confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step—reuniting all
three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria.
kill her will only make her stronger...we hope.
Fantasy | Romance Paranormal
[Sourcebooks Casablanca, On Sale: January 2, 2018,
Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781492626077 / eISBN: 9781492626084]
Amanda Bouchet grew up in New England where she spent much of her time
tromping around in the woods and making up grand adventures in her head. It was
inevitable that one day she would start writing them down. Drawing on her Greek
heritage for the setting and on her love of all things daring and romantic for
the rest, her debut trilogy, The Kingmaker Chronicles, took form. She writes
what she loves to read: epic exploits, steamy romance, and characters that make
you laugh and cry.
Her first novel, A Promise of Fire, won several Romance
Writers of America chapter contests, including the Orange Rose Contest and the
paranormal category of the prestigious Golden Pen.
A French master's
graduate and former English teacher, Amanda lives in Paris, France. She met her
husband while studying abroad, and the family now includes two bilingual
children who will soon be correcting her French.
Security, family and reading! (Cheryl Haut 7:48pm January 6)
You list is pretty good. I agree with your #1... Family. My hubby and boys are who set my heart on fire. Even after 18 years my hubby still makes my heart stop. (Jeannie Platt 1:15pm January 7)
Although I'm getting older and have medical problems, my passions have dimmed somewhat, family is most important, then my work for the rights of the unborn and the elderly, my music, I sang in all kinds of things for 49 years and last is reading. I've enjoyed sharing new books with my grandchildren. (Nancy Luebke 4:04pm January 7)
My grandchildren! They are so sweet. I love movies and books. (Melanie Rosen 6:42pm January 7)
I'm passionate about animal rescue. Although the problem is overwhelming, it's very rewarding to even help one injured, abused or abandoned animal. (Nancy Marcho 7:23pm January 7)
Three passions: family (my husband and son), good books (the best problem is having a stack of books and having to choose which one to read next), and creativity (adding a little art and imagination to our lives). (Rachelle Chang 10:46pm January 8)