A local college girl tore off her hairnet and began playing the heartstrings of one man, and eventually she won the hearts of millions of romance fiction fans.
Jill Monroe met her future husband while she was serving food at the University of Oklahoma cafeteria during her sophomore year.
"I was wearing a hairnet, and he asked me out anyway!” Monroe said.
The way she met the love of her life deepened her fascination with how people fall in love. So, romance novels were an easy choice when it came time to stop talking about writing a book and to start writing, she said.
Here’s some of what she had to say about romance writing:
Q: What was your first romance novel, and when was it published?
My first novel was "Never Naughty Enough,” and it came out in December 2004, hence the "Naughty” in the title.
Q: How many romance novels have you written?
Well, I’ve probably written 12. But ... the first three are so bad, they should be tossed. My kids will find where I’ve tucked them after I’m gone and wonder, "What was mom thinking?” I have five in bookstores now, with a novella coming out this summer. My next book comes out in November, and I’ve contracted to write two more.
Q: How do you come up with the steamier parts of a novel?
The steamier stuff comes naturally from the characters.