Saturday, February 28, 2015

Today's guest, Author Denise Swanson!

As a successful mystery author, my journey into writing romance was a bit twisted. The first book that I ever tried to write was a romance, but when I found an agent and publisher for my mystery series, I put it aside and until recently never had the time to pursue my dream to write romance.

But I always felt there were two components to a great plot—mystery and romance. And as a writer, I find it darn near impossible not to include both of those elements in my stories. It’s a little like that old Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercial, I get either mystery mixed up into my romances or romances mixed up into my mysteries.

I blame this on some of my favorite pre-teen series Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew. Would Trixie and Jim Frayne end up together? How about Nancy and Ned Nickerson? And on the romantic side, how about Jane Eyre? Would she figure out the mystery of the attic before her romance with Mr. Rochester is forever doomed?

Which is why, in the mid-nineties when I started writing my first mystery in the Scumble River series, I incorporated a heavy dose of romance. Back in those days, the mystery field was dominated by male authors and their books didn’t include anything close to what I felt was a satisfying love story.

Then I started a second mystery series, and this time I made the romance an even bigger part of the plots. After careful consideration, I realized that what I really wanted to write was a contemporary romance and finally carved out the time to tell Darcy and Mitch’s story.

Good Girl Overboard, the first book in my Change of Heart series, contains the hot romance and emotional satisfaction that I’ve been dying to write about for years.  

About the Author:
New York Times Bestseller author Denise Swanson was a practicing school psychologist for twenty-two years. Good Girl Overboard is her first romance and begins the Change of Heart contemporary romance series. She also writes the Scumble River and Devereaux’s Dime Store mysteries. Her books all feature small-town heroines with lots of heart.
Denise’s books have been finalists for the Agatha, Mary Higgins Clark, RT Magazine's Career Achievement, and Daphne du Maurier Awards. She has won the Reviewers Choice Award and was a BookSense 76 Top Pick.
Denise Swanson lives in Illinois with her husband, classical composer David Stybr, and their cool black cat Boomerang.
For more information, please check her website. or find Denise on Facebook at!/DeniseSwansonAuthor or follow her on twitter at DeniseSwansonAu

Good Girl Overboard debuts on March 1, 2015

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