Eating the Apple
I remember the first romance I picked up: A Pirate’s Love. It was by one of the greats, Johanna Lindsey, and I felt so reckless reading it. The things she wrote, the things her characters did, struck me as forbidden and very, very exciting. There were no pirates in my mundane life as a young mother of two and adventure had a whole different meaning. Reading it, I fell in love with the Caribbean, with sailing ships and with romance.
That traditional formula of naïve young maidens, worldly men and exotic locations held sway in the romance world for a long time. I read many, many of them as my daughters grew. Over time, though, the world evolved and some long hoped for changes occurred. Women began to uncover the world, to see that they fit in many places they’d been told they didn’t. The world changed and so did relationships.
One of the accusations often leveled against romance books is they foster an unrealistic ideal, that they encourage helpless young women and dominating men. Yet one of the true strengths of romance publishers is an understanding of their audience. Romantic characters evolved, as their real-life counterparts evolved. Both heroes and heroines stepped up their game to reflect the growing idea that relationships needed balance, they needed to encourage the value of both partners. Exotic locales might remain, but the women in them were underwater archaeologists, CEOs of large corporations or FBI agents. The men who fell for them were up to the challenge of loving them as they were.
Recently I listened to someone telling the story of Eve and the apple in the Garden of Eden. The speaker made the expected lecture on how wrong it was for Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge. As I sat there, though, I realized we’d done just that and it was good. We learned, we grew and we evolved. We ate the apple and now knew that women were strong and men could cry. And that true romance included both.
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. Being a writer is more than something I do. It is the way I see the world, the way I process it. I believe in the power of stories. They make us smile, make us think and give us untold moments of enjoyment. My stories come from the landscape around me and the worlds I build in my head. I am proud to be a storyteller, and I hope my work leaves you both satisfied and entertained.
Debra’s Newest Release:
Meretessa Brexiano believes in love. Her heart yearns for a true bond with the man she weds. She also believes she can change her fate. Refusing the marriage her father has arranged, she strikes a bargain with a man she hopes can teach her the art of seduction. Nicolo da Parma is a businessman with a reputation as a connoisseur of women. Their sensuality is the palette he has painted on since his youth. This time, however, he may have struck a bargain which costs more than he planned. Training Tessa might be the greatest challenge to his own heart Nicolo’s ever had.