Author Joan Ramirez
S: Good morning, Joan, and Happy Holidays!
Why did you become a writer?
J: I was inspired to become a writer by my beloved mother, who was a brilliant copywriter. She showed me the way.
S: What attracted you to the romance genre?
J: The happily ever after, which is so needed in today's world. People need people.
S: (Smiles.) I also think that in these troubled times, people need hope, and romance novels provide that.
What is your definition of romance?
J: It's not just wine and roses. It's that feeling you get in your heart when you're not with the one you love. A warm, fuzzy feeling that overwhelms you when he walks in the door. You have to feel something for someone to have romance. Otherwise, it's plastic.
S: (Nods.) That's so true!
What is your favorite thing about writing romance?
J: I get to have drama in my novel. The path to true love doesn't run smoothly!
S: Do you write in other genres?
J: I am also published in children's nonfiction and have published two leadership books for high school and entry level senior management. I am now preparing two suspense novels for submission.
S: Tell me about your first romance novel, "Secret Desires."
J: The story is about two lovers who join hearts against many odds. It's based on a real life story. Here's the blurb--
Margo Simmons is ecstatic when she inherits her uncle's Manhattan apartment and a handsome sum of money. To her chagrin, there are strings attached. She must be gainfully employed in a job for a year. Everything in Margo's life has complications. When she meets the man of her dreams, she anguishes over how to fulfill her secret desires for a loving relationship because he is still emotionally tied to his deceased wife and afraid to open his heart again. To replace her fractured childhood growing up with a distant stepfather, Margo becomes the guardian of an elementary student who longs for connection and closeness. As the story evolves, readers will see how these individuals unite. Secret Desires is a contemporary romance written from the heart and speaks to anyone who has suffered a loss and had to start over.
S: That's sounds like quite an emotional journey! Where can readers purchase your book?
J: It's available at all major booksellers, including--
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/secret-desires-j-l-regen/1125516296?ean=9780998409917
S: Joan, thanks so much for joining me today! If you would like to learn more about Joan and her books, please visit--
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/J-L-Regen/e/B01MZGQT9I/