Oh my gosh, is there any romance writer/reader out there who doesn’t know Rosanne Bittner? Well if you don’t, you need to read this post – and then go get the books!
Hello to all of you who visit Romance University! Thanks to Carrie, I get to meet all of you and talk about my books, which, of course, most writers love to do. I have been writing about 35 years and just turned in my 61st book! I have 3 more solid stories “in my head” and I intend to write until I am simply too old and senile or crippled up to sit at the computer. Ha!
A few personals – I am from southwest Michigan and my husband and I just celebrated our 50th anniversary. We have two sons and three very active grandsons and besides my writing (which is pretty much full time) I also help our son with book work for a family business related to the tool & die industry; so I am FAR from retired! I probably work about 50-60 hours a week, and I like it that way. For me sleep is a waste of time! There is too much to do in this very short life!
I have won numerous writing awards and am a USA TODAY best-seller, with millions of books in print all over the world. Currently I write for Sourcebooks, and a publisher called Diversion Books has reissued 5 of my past titles with beautiful new covers. They just purchased 13 more older titles, so I’ll be “out there on the shelves” in one form or another for a long time to come! Sourcebooks also reissued two of my older titles – THUNDER ON THE PLAINS and WILDEST DREAMS, first in trade paperback, and recently in mass market paperback with yet-again new covers.
After a spell of no sales, Sourcebooks published my new book PARADISE VALLEY in 2013 and then DESPERATE HEARTS in 2014. My most recent publication was DO NOT FORSAKE ME in July (a sequel to OUTLAW HEARTS, which was originally published in 1994 and was reissued with a new cover in June of this year). The covers to my Outlaw books are by Jon Paul and are absolutely spectacular! They hark back to the beautiful, romantic covers of the 1980’s.
Other than my Savage Destiny series, written over 30 years ago, the hero and heroine of my Outlaw series are my favorite of all time. I guess you’d say that Zeke Monroe from Savage Destiny is my favorite “Native American” hero – and Jake Harkner from the Outlaw books is my favorite “white man/outlaw” hero. I dare anyone who reads these books not to fall in love with Jake. He can be ruthless, and he has a very dark past, but this man is hardly more than an overgrown boy who is looking desperately for the love he never knew as a child. In fact, his childhood was tortured and abusive, and Jake grew up thinking he was worthless and no good … until one woman came into his life (in Book #1) and changed everything for him. Jake hardly knew the meaning of love until he met Miranda Hayes, and let me tell you, you will have to go far to read a better love story than the one between Jake and Randy Harkner.
I write big books – my favorite writing is family sagas. I did it in Savage Destiny, again in my Blue Hawk trilogy – in my “big” book Wildest Dreams and in “In The Shadow of the Mountains,” – and my Outlaw books are turning out the same way. When I finished the first book, which covers 26 years, I knew I had to continue Jake and Randy’s touching story, but it took me over 20 years go find an editor who asked for exactly that. Off we went, and I’ve just finished a third book (LOVE’S SWEET REVENGE, scheduled for September 2016) and have a fourth book planned.
I absolutely love the American West, its history and magnificent landscape, and my husband and I have traveled to every location about which I have written. I have also written about the French & Indian war, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Alamo, and numerous battles with Native Americans during the height of the Indian wars, including, of course, Custer’s battle at the Little Bighorn and the massacre of the Cheyenne at Sand Creek in Colorado. I’ve written about the building of the trans-continental railroad, the gold rushes in California, Colorado and the Yukon, the era of the stagecoach, the mountain men, the Oregon Trail – you name it, and if it happened “out west” or was a major event in American history, I’ve probably written about it.
I think my love of the West – the adventure, the romance, the bravery of our pioneers, and the spectacular Rockies and Sierras and vast plains and deserts – all shows through in my writing, which brings me to my primary piece of advice to other writers … WRITE WHAT YOU LOVE!! Don’t follow the latest genre trend. Follow your heart! Writing what you love will take you farther than anything else you do in your writing. And perseverance is everything. I always say you should never think you need to “find time” to write. My attitude is that I need to “find time” for everything else. The writing comes FIRST. It’s never work but always a pleasure. I have never once had writer’s block. In fact, I wish I could clone myself so I could write all the books I want to write.
I hope you will pick up OUTLAW HEARTS and DO NOT FORSAKE ME. If you can no longer find them in stores, just go to Amazon.com and type in Rosanne Bittner. You will find tons of Bittner titles, including these two most recent ones. I dare you not to get “hooked” on the Outlaw stories – and Jake and Randy will win your hearts. You will find lots of real history in my stories – and I write hard-hitting, gritty westerns. Nothing “fluffy” about my stories. Sometimes they are even hard reading, but the love stories involved are well worth the read … let alone the “hot” romance! Enjoy!
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