I thought of something else for my list.
Something I wanted to do for a while, but told myself it’s too silly and frivolous and besides we don’t have the space.
I want to collect all Essie Summers’ Mills & Boon stories, and all LM Montgomery’s books too. I had a lot of both their books when I lived in Australia, but sold all my books when I moved to the UK.
Well, blow the lack of space and blow that I can read all LM Montgomery’s books for free on Project Gutenberg. It’s not the same as a real book. I’ll get rid of other things if I need to, and make space. Sure, they are a very different type of romance to what’s being published today, but these books gave me so much joy.
I found this lovely interview with Essie Summers that I hadn’t heard before. She was so prolific. Had her first Mills and Boon accepted aged 45, and her fifty-first (and last) when she was 85.
85! I keep checking to make sure I didn’t get that wrong. There’s hope for all of us yet!
Essie Summers is one of my heroines in a way. I think reading her books in my teens and twenties were what made me hungry to write for M&B too, though unfortunately not hungry enough to keep writing when it got tough.
I wish I’d heard this interview back then. That she too found writing hard going would have been immensely reassuring for that younger me, stuck in a stupid idea that if it didn’t work right first time I should give up, because it showed I had no talent.
Anyway, I’m starting collecting now.
And I’m keeping on writing.