Last month I was invited to speak about writing romance to a chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. I’ve never belonged to a sorority and knew very little about them, but I was impressed with the bond of sisterhood these women shared. Their group was also a perfect tie-in to talking about my books because that’s what I love to write. Not sororities, but sisterhood.
As an “only child,” I missed out on having a sibling sisterhood, but I have acquired the next best thing—the true and long-lasting friendship of some amazing women. Over the years we have supported one another through the joys and sorrows of life: boyfriends and breakups, marriages and separations, births and miscarriages, raising children, changing careers, illness and wellness, and the losses of those we hold dearest. These women, my sisterhood, have the courage and strength to cope with the twists and turns of life, but we’re even stronger for having shared them.
If I had to name one thing that has had a profound effect on my writing, it is these women, their friendship, our sisterhood. My Seattle-set three-book series is about three women who meet at a business women’s organization, form a bond and decide to combine their talents into one business venture. Their company, called Ready Set Sold, renovates, stages and sells homes for other families while searching for their own home sweet homes.
I loved writing the romance in these books (The Christmas Secret, The Daddy Project and Daddy, Unexpectedly) but I also enjoyed writing about the friendships among these women and about the mutual support and encouragement they give one another, and at the end of the third book, it was fun to bring all of the characters and their families together and bring all three stories full circle.
In my next book, The Parent Trap (Harlequin Heartwarming, now available for pre-order), the sisterhood is between two teenage girls who become best friends and decide their over-protective, single parents need a distraction. The solution? Their parents can distract each other! By the way, if the title reminds you an old Haley Mills movie, I’m here to tell you this is not that story! The movie is about reuniting a family while my book is about bringing two families together. The Parent Trap will be an October 2014 release.
I want to thank the wonderful bloggers here at Happily Ever After Thoughts for hosting me today. It’s wonderful to be back!
I would love to hear about your sisterhoods—family, friends or both. I’ll be thrilled to give away an autographed set of my Ready Set Sold Series, and a winner will be drawn from the commenters.
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From the time Lee McKenzie was ten years old and read Anne of Green Gables and Little Women, she knew she wanted to be a writer, just like Anne and Jo. In the intervening years she has written advertising copy, magazine articles, and an honors thesis in paleontology, and edited conference proceedings, educational material and technical publications. Along the way her imagination demanded a more creative outlet, and she soon discovered the world of romance. Becoming a four-time Golden Heart finalist and a Harlequin author are her proudest accomplishments yet. Lee and her artist/teacher husband live on an island in the Pacific Northwest, and she loves to spend time with two of her best friends—her grown-up children.
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