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Thursday, October 18, 2018

What I Love about Writing Romance by Aven Ellis - Guest Post & Giveaway

About Aven Ellis

I have always loved to write. I completed my first novel at the age of 15—an angst-driven high school romance (Boy meets girl! Evil girl likes same boy! A deception! Will true love prevail?) Though I truly wanted to be a fiction writer, I also knew it was more practical to pursue a job in the communications field and write fiction on the side. So I went off to Purdue University and earned a degree in communication, writing for The Exponent along the way (apologies to anyone who fought through reading those early attempts at journalism.)

After a stint writing for a community newspaper and a public relations agency, and not enjoying what I was writing at all, I found myself a non-writing job and continued writing at night and on weekends. I completed multiple manuscripts that found a home under my bed. Complete it, print it, stick it in an envelope, and slide it under the bed. It became a routine for me, similar to “Lather.Rinse.Repeat.”

Finally, years later, I wrote Connectivity. I loved this story; I loved writing for William and MK. I became brave enough to share this story with new friends who became equally as passionate about these characters and their journey. I ended up submitting Connectivity to Soul Mate Publishing, and it sold. Soul Mate also allowed me to explore this idea I had about writing a hockey-based series, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.


Books by Aven Ellis

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What I Love about Writing Romance
Guest post by Aven Ellis

I consider myself incredibly lucky to have made a career out of doing something I love. And that is writing romance novels.

What I love about writing romance is that the stories are full of hope. Of how finding the right person, the one you give your heart to, can help you grow as a person. When the characters meet, and the reader gets butterflies along with them, I know I’ve captured that magical feeling on the page.

I love writing characters who bring out the best in each other when they fall in love. Who inspire each other, challenge each other, and support each other. This not only happens between the romantic leads, but I also write family members and friends who help the heroine achieve her goals along the way. This love is just as important as the romantic relationship in my books.

So is a friendship love that comes from unexpected places. In my own life, I have friends who are twenty years older than me, and some that are twenty years younger. As an author, I’m lucky enough to be able to write these friendships and show how important the love of good friends can be. In A Royal Shade of Blue, Clementine finds her first friend in the United Kingdom is a hip woman in her seventies named Jillian. Completely unexpected, but their interests crossed all age lines. They connected, and they changed each other’s lives forever. I love these unexpected connections, and to think it is my career to create them makes me feel like the luckiest person alive!

In my romances, this love plays an important role in helping the heroine find herself, right along with the love of the hero. I love writing romance because I can script that happily ever after. I love creating people that readers can’t wait to go along on the journey with, to find that courage to overcome the things that are holding them back, and blossom into the person they are supposed to be. In my latest release, A Royal Shade of Blue, Clementine flourishes with the love of her new friend Jillian and the love of Prince Christian, who doesn’t see her as the girl who once had a brain tumor but as Clementine, the woman with a passion for antiques and sugar cookies. In turn, Clementine fell for Christian before she knew he was a prince and loved him for the man who was clever and intelligent, not for his place in the royal family.

But to think I get to sit down every day and write these stories full of love and hope, of women helping women, of heroines finding their way to their dreams—there is no job better on earth.

And this is why I love writing romances.


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  1. Great guest post. I like to read these stories full of love and hope.

  2. Thanks for the introduction to this author. I'm looking forward to reading her books.

  3. your books look fab! Thanks for sharing! xx

  4. I love the sketched cover! Really eye catching.

  5. Terrific guest post, thank you for sharing!

  6. I really enjoyed reading the guest post, thank you!

  7. Love the sound of the books, and the silhouette covers look really classy too.

  8. I can understand about not enjoying writing about the news, we have more than enough reality in our own lives already. It's so nice to have some wonderful fantasy to take our minds off of it all!

  9. And sometimes fairy tales and dreams really do come true!