Pat here, welcoming back Jeannie Lin, author of Chinese historical romances and soon, a mystery set during the Tang dynasty. Jeannie started writing her first romance while working as a high school science teacher in South Central Los Angeles. Her first three novels have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Library Journal and The Dragon and the Pearl was listed among Library Journal's Best Romances of 2011.
Jeannie currently writes historical romances for Harlequin Historical and Harlequin HQN.
Jeannie, you’re a science teacher! What drew you to writing romance?
When I started my first book, it was actually a “West meets East” sort of fantasy set in a land based on ancient China. Yet as I was creating what I felt was an epic tale – double crosses, love triangles, dramatic deaths – I realized I didn’t feel anything on the page for my characters. I wondered, how do I fix that? How do I learn how to write emotion?
Well, the answer was on the other part of my bookshelf: in romance novels.