By Helen Lacey
One of the many reasons I started reading and then some years later writing Special Edition stories was because of the strong sense of community running through them. I not only loved the romance between the hero and heroine, but the families and secondary characters who very often became the main characters in their own story later on.
I also love the friendships that entwine the characters. The ever faithful girlfriends or sisters the heroine can’t do without – they are her allies, her sounding board and very often her conscience. And who can go past that one friend of the hero who you just know is a little bit wicked and will get his comeuppance when the right girl walks into his stratosphere. When I read a Special Edition book a feel a sense of ‘realness’ that stays with me. It’s like these people could be someone I know – a neighbour, a friend, even myself.
I’m eternally grateful that reading and writing romance has gifted me some of the most important relationships and friendships of my life. My writing group formed nearly twenty years ago and we still get together every couple of months to talk romance and trends, what’s hot and what’s not. We still celebrate our successes and commiserate if something goes pear shaped. We recently caught up at a conference and I was so proud when our founding member and mentor, Helen Bianchin, was honoured as the inaugural inductee into the Romance Writers of Australia’s Hall Of Fame. Another highlight was doing the Palazzo Versace hotel tour – including a limo ride and a delightful High Tea. But really, it was about hanging with people I care about.
Here are a couple of snaps of a few of us living it up on the Versace Tour. Did I say the High Tea was fabulous? And it was fun going through the swanky hotel rooms and our guide telling us which A-list (and some B-list) celeb’s stayed there.
So, do you belong to a group of friends that still hang together after a number of years? Maybe you have old school friends? Or perhaps you share a hobby with a few like-minded people?
I have a $10.00 Amazon voucher to giveaway to one commenter who shares their friendship story.