You know, the veil between publishing and authors and readers is pretty much kaput these days. And, frankly, I kind of miss it.
I miss the days when I didn’t know anything about authors and just picked out the books I wanted to read while browsing in the bookstore before author names started to leak through. I miss the days when books took place all over the world in exotic places and times. Some were in Regency England, but we all had a taste for diversity back then. I particularly loved stories set in the Gilded Age in New York and Rhode Island.
This was all brought back to me in New York at RWA recently. I was in an elevator with Bertrice Small. Yep, that Bertrice Small. We did that thing you do at RWA where everybody is always looking at chests to read your badge and she spoke to me first and remarked that she very much enjoyed All About Romance. I told her that “I used to read her” which, frankly, was the best I could do. After she thanked me, we began one of those conversations about RWA being very tiring and she indicated that she’d had it and that this would be her last conference.
Anyway, it was a thrill to meet her and it brought back to me those thrilling days of yesteryear. I remember reading Ms. Small and her harem girls and rapes and truly skanky sex when I was in high school. I must have read three or four – or maybe more.
For a moment or two or three, I was back in high school and secretly reading my romance novels, knowing nothing about the industry or authors.
I’m not saying I want to go back because I don’t. I just want to remember for a moment the way it used to be.
What about you? Do you miss those days?
– Sandy AAR