Welcome back! I have a question from Rachelle to answer today!

What books did you read that inspired you to become an author?

I’ve always been a reader. I grew up with my nose in a book. I read everything from RL Stine to The Babysitter’s Club to Michael Crichton to John Grisham. Romance? Nope. Not growing up.

Eventually I started reading chick lit. Emily Giffin was one of my favorite authors when I was in college. I loved the modern stories of people falling in love. I guess I’ve always been a romantic, but romance novels didn’t interest me for a long time.

Four years ago, my kids were finally at an age where I could sit and read a book again. That was when I finally found true romance. The first book I read was Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis. At that point, I was starting to think about writing, and it really pushed me to take the plunge.

As I kept reading other contemporary romance novels, I found that I truly loved it. I loved reading it, and writing it, and I knew I found my calling. I love every last bit of it, and I’m very lucky to have found a career I love as much as I love writing romance!

Thanks so much, Rachelle, for your question! If you have a question, send me an email (mary (at) maryethompson (dot) com) with Q&A in the subject, or post it in the comments below, and I’ll answer your question right here on the blog!

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