Ladies and Gents, my apologies for the late post, but things have been a bit nuts this morning. I have for you another fabulous Montlake author sharing her thoughts on romance and the paranormal. Please welcome Delle Jacobs!
Thanks for having me here, Shéa! It’s great to see you on the Montlake author list!
I wasn’t always a lover of romance. For a long time, I just assumed romances were poorly written, cheesy love stories, but I was really tired of dark, ugly, gritty stories that seemed to be so popular for a long time. So I’m grateful for Laura Kinsale for the first romance I ever read, Flowers From the Storm. I found what I was missing in the rest of commercial fiction. I like believing in people, and in finding happiness in love. And no matter what critics say about 50% of marriages failing, there are still the other 50% that don’t. Romance is about finding a true committed relationship. And that’s something I believe in.
S – Amen, to that, Delle!
What is your favorite romantic movie?
I could go all the way back to Romeo and Juliet , which after all these years brings tears to my eyes. But I think the best of all has to be BBC’s Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth. I’m a big Jane Austen fan, yes, but I really love the entire movie despite its length. The story is one that resonates very deeply, and the production is so beautifully done. The other versions fall short, I think, because the story can’t really be told in such a short version. But the scene that clings most in my mind wasn’t in the book: Darcy diving into the pond, then meeting Elizabeth looking like a drowned rat. So the great Mr. Darcy was vulnerable after all.
Who is your favorite couple in history (real or imagined)?
I’d hesitate to pick any well-known couple, present or past who is in the public eye. We never really know what is real and what is spin, so we can’t ever be sure about them. I’ve always loved watching Barack and Michelle Obama, and I think Mitt Romney only comes alive when his wife is present. But the one couple who has influences me most is someone you wouldn’t know: Jan and Ken Shaffer. They were childhood sweethearts who married early, and they went through a lot of rough times, at one point divorcing and re-marrying a few years later. In many ways, they were pretty ordinary folks. Their love was always the driving force of their lives. But Jan came from a cancer-ridden family, sand she went through five bouts before finally succumbing to an inoperable brain tumor. Many men might not have stuck with someone who went through so much. But Kenny wouldn’t have done otherwise. I modeled my heroine in Loki’s Daughters after Jan-the woman who would never give up. And a great deal of the hero was found in Ken.
What’s your favorite romantic getaway?
Hawai’i. Tahiti. My dream is to go to Tahiti, but we’ve been to Hawai’i many times. We really love to travel, and we’re perfectly willing to go cheap if we can just get there. We love the excitement of a historical place, like just about anywhere in Europe, or a place with a culture that fascinates us, like Mexico. But for something romantic, we want a gentler, quieter atmosphere, great food, warm and soft ocean breezes and a few fun things to do. Hawai’i is getting so crowded, though, it’s hard to find a place we can just be us. And that’s what we want, just being us, with each other. So I think maybe Tahiti is in our future.
S – I gotta agree with Delle on this one. Hawai’i is pure magic! I love the off-season when there are few tourists. It’s one of my favorite spots on earth!
Thanks, Delle, for joining me and my readers today!
Delle is giving away a copy (print, ebook, or audio book) of her latest release, Faerie.
For your chance to win, simply answer this question in the comments section below:
Who is your favorite Jane Austen hero (or heroine), and who do you think played him (or her) best?
PS. Mine is Captain Wentworth (Persuasion) played by the delicious Rupert Penry-Jones.