I love pumpkins. They make me smile, and I can’t resist putting them around the house or at the front door. I also find in them four key ingredients for writing romance.
One: Character. Every pumpkin is waiting to become a character in a story. Their shapes alone—tall and thin, round and smooth, or a bit rough and dented--suggest personalities. The pumpkin carver, like the writer, sketches in the eyes, nose, and teeth that give a dominant impression—spooky, goofy, or oddball. Then the carver/writer cuts away until a distinct personality emerges.
Two: sensuality. Pumpkins just can’t help being sensuous, like romance novels, with their bright golden hues, velvety smooth texture, and spicy friends—cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
Three: Light. Pumpkins are a light in the darkness as the days grow short. No matter how many tissues we consume to get through a romance novel, it takes us from sparks to glow, lighting our spirits.
Four: Transformation. Pumpkins remind us that the real magic of great stories is transformation by embodying the potential of the ordinary to become magical. A humble squash on a sprawling vine in a kitchen garden becomes a splendid glittering carriage. Once love enters the stories we tell, a scullery maid becomes a princess; a frog, a prince; and a scoundrel, a noble, self-sacrificing hero.
So put a pumpkin on your desk and write on!
Oh, and make some pumpkin bread and see if it doesn’t wake up your senses and fuel a few hundred words more.
Let a pumpkin inspire your next romance.
Pumpkin Bread Recipe
Sift together: 1½ Cups flour, 5 tsp. baking powder, ¾ tsp. cinnamon, ¼ tsp. allspice, and ½ tsp. salt. Add 1 Cup yellow corn meal. Put dry mix aside.
Cream until fluffy: ½ Cup soft butter and 2/3 Cup brown sugar. Add 3 eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly.
Mix in 1 1/2 Cups pumpkin puree and 3 Tbs. lemon juice until smooth.
Continue to beat, alternately adding 1 Cup milk and flour mixture.
Spoon batter into 2 buttered loaf pans. Bake in preheated 350 oven for 1 hr and 20 min. Test with knife in center.
A Lady's Guide to Passion and Property
Beauty, wit, and charm may catch a gentleman’s eye, but nothing attracts suitors quite like property . . . as beloved, award-winning author Kate Moore reveals in this delightful Regency romp. For an innkeeper’s daughter new to the dance, a discreet volume of courtship wisdom may help discern the intentions of a mysterious newcomer.
Lucy Holbrook has recently inherited her father’s south London inn, the place she’s always called home. Now her fashionable friends, arming her with The Husband Hunter’s Guide to London, are urging her to sell the establishment and become a society lady, just as her father always hoped. Lucy would rather toss the little book into the hearth—she could never desert the alehouse or its patrons, including an elderly blind man who depends on her care. But she may need every bit of good advice when a handsome stranger arrives with a secret agenda and a baffling crime to solve . . . and Lucy finds herself navigating a most dangerous attraction!
A native Californian, Kate taught English to generations of high school students, who are now her Facebook friends, while she not-so-secretly penned Romances. In Kate’s stories honorable, edgy loners meet warm, practical women who draw them into a circle of love whether in Regency London or contemporary California. A Golden Heart, Golden Crown, and Book Buyers Best winner and three-time RITA finalist, Kate lives north of San Francisco with her surfer husband, their yellow Lab, a Pack ‘n Play for visiting grand babies, and miles of crowded bookshelves.
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