Introducing… My Written Romance
Tell us a little more about My Written Romance:
I’m Roz. I’m 35 (holy crap, five years to forty!), I am a reader of romance, reviewer of books, frustrated writer, wife of tall man, mum to crazy girl, possessor of zero rhythm or athletic prowess, big fan of cat videos and a lover of dodgy old school ads. I started My Written Romance at the end of 2012, and it’s been a fantastic creative outlet for me, helping me through the tough early days of parenthood, and reigniting my desire to write romance fiction myself.
What prompted the creation of My Written Romance?
I stumbled across the fabulous romance blog Smart Bitches, Trashy Books a few years ago while trying to find something out about a book I wanted to read. I love how they (and many other romance blogs I’ve discovered) are totally unapologetic about their love for romance novels, and the humour with which they often write is completely refreshing. After finding this, I kept thinking to myself “OK, I’d love to do something like this. I could crap on about books until the cows come home”. Seriously, I would talk to total strangers about books if it wasn’t a little crazy. So late in 2012, I decided to take the leap into reviewing, establishing this site and now here we are.
What can readers expect when visiting My Written Romance?
Reviews, cover reveals, blog tours, giveaways and the occasional glimpse into my rather crowded mind. The site is a real labour of love for me, and I try to keep things as light and fun as possible. You’re generally not going to see a bad review on the site, because I’m trying to use My Written Romance to bring to my readers’ attention books I think they should read or would enjoy. I tend to leave those reviews for other channels. I will talk about books that I haven’t enjoyed or finished, but I won’t generally reveal the name or author. I know how hard authors work to bring their books to fruition, and getting all judgey without justification just isn’t how I’m wired.
Can readers become involved with My Written Romance?
Sure! Come along, track me down on the website, Twitter, Facebook, wherever you can…. I could crap on for hours about books and romance fiction, and I love finding kindred spirits. Since starting the site, I’ve made some wonderful friends in the romance community, and have been able to connect with other readers and writers.
What’s next for you/ My Written Romance?
There is a lot that I would love to do with the site. I’ve been toying with the idea of doing the occasional video review on YouTube, but there is a little bit of tweaking to go before that happens.
Personally, I have just changed real-life jobs for the first time in nearly a decade, so that’s been an interesting experience. I’m also in the middle of building my own WIP, slowly but surely.
What are your top five favourite Aussie romance books of 2014 so far?
I have to narrow it down to five?!?!?!? Seriously, Australian authors have been truly bringing the awesome in truckloads this year, so this is a pretty difficult task for me. But hey, I do like to live dangerously….
My top 5 Aussie romances for 2014 would have to include:
No More Mr. Nice Guy by Amy Andrews – alleyway sexytimes and friends-to-lovers. Catnip, catnip!!
Lord Somerton’s Heir by Alison Stuart – fabulous book with one of the best opening sentences I’ve ever read.
Floored by Ainslie Paton – please let this book be a movie one day, so freaking hot!
The Greatest Lover Ever by Christina Brooke – I intentionally read this book slowly, because I didn’t want to it to end.
The Sunnyvale Girls by Fiona Palmer – just a gorgeous book, and it has some incredible, strong female characters.
If you are asking about books from last year that I read this year that I loved, pop these ones on the list:
Fighting Redemption by Kate McCarthy
Lost in Kakadu by Kendall Talbot
Nobody But Him by Victoria Purman
All-time favourite character?
Another hard one for me, J’aimee! There are many incredible characters that I have connected with in some way over the years, but I think one character for whom I have never-ending love for is Kerry Greenwood’s fabulous Phryne Fisher – a brilliantly bolshy, imaginative, colourful character who transcends her time, yet exists beautifully within it.
One thing you’d like readers to know about the romance genre…
There are so many incredible, intelligent, creative people writing romance fiction, and Australia is an absolute goldmine when it comes to bringing us fabulous romance writers. Get out there and get reading, because you’ll be sure to find something that connects with you.
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
Never miss an opportunity to tell those you love that you love them. Oh, and treasure your sleep (and opportunities to get some of it) while you can, because once the kidlet arrives…..
Number one thing to do on your bucket list:
Book-wise: To finish my WIP, and hopefully get published.
Otherwise: I’d love to add more stamps to my passport – once the travel bug bites you, it never truly leaves.
About My Written Romance:
I started My Written Romance at the end of 2012, and it’s been a fantastic creative outlet for me, helping me through the tough early days of parenthood, and reigniting my desire to write romance fiction myself.
Sometimes the books are crazy, sometime they make me cry, sometimes they make me want to jump into the page and slap someone. However, it is all worth it when at the end of a book, you close the cover and make good book noise….(sigh).
I wanted to find an outlet for my love of books, and talking about them … and before my poor husband’s eyes glazed over from having been my only audience for so long.
The only thing serious about My Written Romance is my love of reading. Ever since my mum started me reading when I was two, I have had an all-consuming love for the written word. I will read pretty much anything – biographies, thrillers, cookbooks – but ever since I was a teenager, my favourite genre has been romance. Give me a silver fox or he who wears his Captain Sexypants any day of the week!
I also occasionally write for the Naughty Ninjas, at www.naughtyninjas.net.