Writing Romance and….The Walton’s?
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I’m probably showing my age here by admitting that I watched The Walton’s while I was growing up. And not in re-runs.
For all you youngster’s out there, The Walton’s was a TV show about the Walton family who lived in Virginia during the Great Depression and the beginning of WWII. There were seven children, their parents and grandparents all living in the same house. There were a lot of shenanigans but always a lesson to be learned at the end of each episode.
So what does The Walton’s have to do with writing romance? Because way before fan-fiction was even a twinkle in someone’s eye, the first romance I ever wrote was based on The Walton’s.
In sixth grade my English teacher told all of us we were going to write a book. The book would have a cover that we would design and it would be bound.
I’m sure there were many moans and groans but for me, I was thrilled. A book! That I wrote! How exciting!
At that time I was writing books on my own—mainly about horses and their pre-teen riders (I was seriously into Black Beauty). But this book was going to be different.
Right away I set to work and I decided that this book would be about a poor family (like the Walton’s) who had a lot of kids (like the Walton’s) who lived on a mountain (like…well you get the idea). They were a happy family who loved each other a lot but they were poor. They needed someone to come along and make them rich because when you’re eleven years old we all know money will make us even MORE happy.
Lo and behold, someone did come along and offer to buy the mountain off the poor but loving family because they wanted to make it into an amusement park (don’t judge, I was eleven. Along with Black Beauty, I loved amusement parks just as much).
Of course the family agreed, but only after a lot of debate because some of the siblings wanted to keep their home but the majority won out and a grand amusement park was built.
In the end all the female siblings met beautiful, rich men and they all lived like princesses.
Okay, I realize that was kind of thrown in at the end with no lead up, but it was romantic. Believe me.
I remember standing in the classroom as my teacher sewed the binding on the book and then hugging my first book to my chest with stars in my eyes.
I wanted this feeling again. I wanted to write another book and another and another. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a writer.
Thirty-some years later the feeling is just the same. Each time I get a box of books in the mail with my name on it, I hug those books to me with stars in my eyes. The feeling is indescribable and reminds me of standing in that classroom thinking of all the possibilities and just knowing I was born to write.
So who here remembers the Walton’s and what TV show did you grow up watching?
Bio: Sharon Cullen is the author of paranormal romance, romantic suspense and contemporary romance. Her Loveswept debut, The Notorious Lady Anne, will be released in February, 2013. If you’d like to find out more about Sharon and her books, you can visit her at her blog or her website. She’s addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion—books.