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Guest blogger: Suzanne Brandyn

3 July 2016

Suzanne BrandynPeople often ask me why I write romance and where do I get my ideas from. The language of a romance novel is universal. Romance novels have the ability to reach all corners of our globe sending every one of us a message, to be loved, to have that romantic connection.

I believe love and romance go hand in hand. How could it not? How can one fall in love and not have a romantic connection. Romance can be simply a smile, a certain look, holding hands, having dinner, a walk along a beach and laughing together. The list is endless. Have you ever seen an elderly couple holding hands? I have, often. That is romance, and the love they hold for each other is something we all desire.

Every aspect of love and romance plays a vital role in our society. To love and to be loved adds richness to our lives. When people feel close to others, they are happier and healthier. Love helps us feel important, understood and secure. From early adolescence our ability to feel romantic love develops. Young people notice passionate feelings of attraction. It’s a natural part of growing up and developing romantic feelings and sexual attraction. It’s no wonder women throughout the world love to read about love and romance. It enriches our soul.

Whether it is in real life or in the novels we love so much, my stories stem from that one major plot. That plot comes from something I might read, to something I might hear someone say. I then think what if? This triggers subplots, where I keep the good and toss out the not so good. It all stems from there. I must not forget my writers group, The Hunter Romance Writers where we all enjoy a brainstorming session on our characters, or our plots, or whatever we are having some difficulty with. I love brainstorming.

Thank you for having me ARRA.

I was born on the edge of the outback in NSW. I then pursued life from the red dust and heat of cattle country to our cities and small country towns. I’ve mustered stock on a horse and a motorbike, spotlighted for foxes and learnt to shoot a rifle, dived the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding islands, speared fish, swam with sharks and dolphins, avoided sea snakes and moray eels and taken free rides on sea turtles. Australia is such a beautiful country.

Reading and writing have always been a vital part of my life. I’m always reading something, and I’m pretty much always writing, too. I’ve written contemporary romance, and suspense/thrillers with a touch of romance and I’m currently concentrating on Rural Romantic Suspense.

It’s exciting to write about something that’s an integral part of our world, love and romance. I love creating strong feisty heroines who know what they want and meet their Mr Right, whether they initially believe it or not.

You can find out more about my novels here: Amazon US | Amazon Au | Website

For a chance to win an ecopy of Suzanne’s latest release, The Farm Sitter (or if you’ve already read it, your choice of Outback FeverΒ or Outback Flames), leave a comment below. (The giveaway is now closed. The winner was Yvonne.)

12 Comments
  1. Yvonne permalink
    5 July 2016 1:26 am

    Love the genres and enjoy your stories.
    Just the other day I went to Redhead to whale watch and there in chairs, were an elderly couple who were rugged up, sharing a blanket , leaning into each other and sharing their binoculars. Then next day a middle aged couple on pillows having lunch and drinks whilst sitting on cushions and spotting whales. Following day it was a young couple that I saw. I smile to see love abounding across the ages and enjoying in the simple pleasures of life.

    • 5 July 2016 9:53 am

      It’s wonderful to see isn’t it Yvonne? The simple pleasures in life surround us. Imagine what our world would be like without love and romance. We wouldn’t survive.
      Thank you.πŸ™‚

  2. 4 July 2016 6:50 pm

    Congratulations on the release of the Farm Sitter, Suzanne. I’m looking forward to reading it when I mow down some of my TBR pile. I also love seeing elderly people holding hands and exchanging one of those ‘special’ looks. Gives me hope. Love is such a vital aspect of human life, no matter what form it comes in.

    • 5 July 2016 9:48 am

      I agree SE. When two people are in love the romance can be something as simple as exchanging a special look. Thank you.πŸ™‚

  3. 3 July 2016 7:07 pm

    Hi Suzanne. You are a lady after my own heart. If I could hitch a ride on the back of a sea turtle, I would hope to have you alongside! Seriously your Hunter Writers sound fabulous, and I love all the genres you are or have written in. Isn’t it great that pretty much all the categories can be covered in one good book. Such a fun read that way. Best wishes, and thanks for sharing. I’m very impressed. Jay.

    • 3 July 2016 11:30 pm

      Hi Jay,

      I’d keep an eye out for the predator of late for you. It appears he’s getting mighty hungry.

      My writers group are a talented bunch. People I’m proud and pleased to know. Thank you for calling in.πŸ™‚

  4. Sharon Williams permalink
    3 July 2016 2:22 pm

    It certainly does enrich our soul. Loved reading about your views. I’ve read all your books and they are totally out there. I am like one of the other commenters. I’m looking forward to your next one.

    • 3 July 2016 5:23 pm

      Thank you Sharon. Hopefully another new release will be within a few months. Thank you for stopping by. It’s nice to hear from readers.

  5. Mary Preston permalink
    3 July 2016 2:07 pm

    A lovely post. My parents were married for 66 years & yes they held hands when out and about.

    • 3 July 2016 2:16 pm

      It’s lovely to see isn’t it Mary? Love makes the world go round.πŸ™‚ Thank you for stopping by.

  6. 3 July 2016 12:21 pm

    Thank you for stopping by Tarnya, and thank you for your lovely comment.

  7. Taryna Berry permalink
    3 July 2016 11:26 am

    Hi Suzanne, I’ve read all your novels but I had to stop in and say how much I love your stories. Keep them coming

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