This is a guest post by best-selling author, Barbara Delinsky:
I have written a lot of books. The earliest were romances, published under pseudonyms at the start of my career but stashed away while I focused on mainstream fiction. As my books grew longer, their style and content changed, but I missed the intensity of those early love stories, and I missed writing those racy sex scenes! So, after twenty years, we’ve brought back these classics, and I couldn’t be more proud. Rereading them now, I see the germs of my current work in character development and plot – though, being romances, they’re also very steamy.
Edit them, Barbara. That was the Nervous Nellie in me, saying that after so much time, I needed to bring these oldies up to date. It never happened. Totally engrossed, I read through each book, red pencil in hand, without making a mark. What you’ll get with each book is the original in its sweet, fun, sexy entirety.
Take The Scent of Jasmine. First published as Jasmine Sorcery, the heroine drives a Rabbit, has a huge collection of records, and is waiting for the pictures to be developed from her recent trip. But her emotions are as current as those in our lives today.
And The Forever Instinct? The heroine in this one is caught in a vise between rival quarterbacks the likes of Dan Marino and Boomer Esiason. And yes, as in their time, if you were flying, a lover could walk you all the way to the gate, wave while you went down the jet way, then stand at the window and watch the plane push off. But isn’t it nice to remember the innocence of pre-September-11 once in a while?
There are definitely vintage moments in Straight from the Heart. There are no cell phones, and the heroine loves Duran Duran and Wham! But she faces a medical dilemma, as others of my recent heroines have, and the emotional intensity is high.
Finally, consider First Things First. I set this one in Cancun after my husband and I visited there and saw Mayan ruins, rustic villages, and sleep hammocks firsthand. And the theme? Learning to recognize the stress in our lives and slow down the pace – how many of my current books deal with that? How many of our lives do?
Just writing this blog, I’m involved in these books all over again. I fantasize that my readers will feel the same and will identify with these characters as I do. What do you think. Do you? I’d love to hear your thoughts.