Guest & Contest: Donna Fasano

Why I Write Romance Novels
By Donna Fasano

I can’t tell you how many times over the course of my 20-plus year career as a published romance author I have been asked, “When are you going to write a real book? You know, a [insert genre of choice: mystery, family saga, historical, thriller, horror, western, etc].” So I’d like to take this opportunity to tell readers why I write romance novels.

I suffered a lot of tragedy while I was growing up, the worst of which was losing my mother just as I was entering my teens. I felt as though I went from 13 to 35 overnight, and when my friends were off having fun, I was cooking and cleaning and helping my little brother with his homework. Romance novels were an escape for me. The Wolf and the Dove, The Far Pavilions, Whitney My Love, Rebecca, The Thorne Birds…if the book featured one man and one woman falling in love, I read it! Romance novels offered me hope for a happy future filled with love (hokey, yes, but I was young). As a young wife and mother, I discovered Silhouette Romance Novels. These books were short and sweet and uplifting. Each and every story put a smile on my face, and the happily-ever-after endings always boosted my spirits. Are romance novels real? No. Does every relationship end in HEA? Of course not. But if I wanted doom and gloom, I’d watch the evening news.

As an author, I can’t think of a better way to use my talent than to bring pure enjoyment to my readers. I tell people that I write cotton candy for the mind. Think about that. When you were a kid and you put a small cloud of that wispy confection on your tongue, what did you do? You smiled. And maybe you even laughed. That’s the reaction I’m going for with my short, upbeat stories. That’s why I write romance novels. So if you’re looking to get lost for a few hours in a fun, cheery story, I hope you’ll try one of my books.

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Donna is a bestselling, award-winning author of over 30 novels that have sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide. You can find her on the web at, or on Facebook at, or on Twitter at Her books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, Sony, and Apple iBooks.


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10 thoughts on “Guest & Contest: Donna Fasano

  1. Crystal B says:

    If life had an undo button I would go back to September 30, 2011 and tell my husband not to haul that last load of rock, to stay home where it was safe. To just park that dump truck for the day, leave it be and change that front tire so it would not blow. When I read the remark I had no hesitation I have said many times I wish I could go back & change that day. My husband was terribly injured when the front tire blew that day. He was flown to the hospital about an hour from us and we spent 15 days there. Most of that time in ICU. I am so very luck to still have him. He’s still recovering over a year later and still not well. I would love to change that day to just keep him home and safe. I knew after it happened when I heard sirens, I knew it was him, I wish I would have had that feeling before and to have been able to save him from going through all he has been through. I count my blessings every day and give thanks that I still have my wonderful husband. I’m forever grateful he was spared that day and was able to stay with me.

    On a brighter note your book sounds GREAT. I would love to read it.

  2. Leanna H says:

    I don’t know what I would undo but I know what I would like to stop the stroke that has paralyzed my left side and in constant pain.

  3. erinf1 says:

    thanks for a great post and congrats to Donna on the newest release! I’d have to say if I could I’d “undo” my last boyfriend. He was a waste of time and tears 🙂

  4. Mary Preston says:

    I would NOT go to the party that changed my life. I should have been stronger & not let myself be talked into going.

  5. Kai W. says:

    I would definitely do the undo button. There is a career choice I would have follow and from time to time I wonder if my life would be happier if I have fought to follow that path.

  6. JackieW says:

    I like that you call your stories cotton candy for the mind…in my book club they refer to those kind of stories as “fluff”. Enjoyed your blog today. Thanks for the info.

  7. JoAnne says:

    Deaths of loved ones that I would have liked my son to get to know or know better or that I just had a little longer in my life.

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