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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Creating readers for life

“Librarians and romance writers accomplish one mission better than anyone, including English teachers: we create readers for life - and what could be more fulfilling than that?” – Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Phillips, born in Ohio on this date in 1948, is credited by many who are “in the know” as being the creator of the sports romance genre (I have to admit I didn’t really know that there was such a genre), and she also has been called the “Queen of Romantic Comedy.”

The only five-time winner of the Romance Writers of America Favorite Book of the Year Award, she was inducted into the Romance Writers Hall of Fame in 2001 and was a recipient of the Romance Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006.  That having been said, she said she’s not even close to being “done” with her writing and continues to turn out popular, award-winning books on a regular basis, including the best-selling Chicago Stars series.  The latest in that group is First Star I See Tonight.  
                              “I write about the men you want to read about but don't necessarily want to be married to,” she said when asked about who she likes to select for her protagonists.  As for her mantra as a writer, it's simple:  “Because life’s too short to read depressing books.”

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