Janet has a special reason for being on the blog today - because it's her wedding anniversary. As she'll tell you in her blog.
So Happy Anniversary Janet - I hope your special day is truly wonderful.
When Kate asked me to join this celebration – my first thought was – 40 years! No wonder she writes fabulous romances – she is living one with Steve (otherwise known as the Babe Magnet).
My second thought was – I don't do weddings. Seriously – I don't. Not in my books (which are also romances) and not in real life – well… almost not.
You see, today is my wedding anniversary – it just took me nearly two decades to get around to doing the nuptials thing. My husband John and I met 20 years ago in Hong Kong. It may have been love at first sight – but it took us a couple of hours to notice… and about three weeks to admit it openly. We spent the next 17 years wandering between Australia (my home country) and the UK (his home country) and never getting married because it was just too hard to get everyone we wanted to invite to one spot on the globe.
|The bride wore lilac- and fabulous purple shoes|
No roses and diamond ring. No getting down on one knee – but in it's own way – it was pretty romantic. I said yes.
Three weeks later we were married and the next day we were at the US embassy – where the visa officer looked at the wedding certificate, on which the ink was barely dry. "Did you get married just to get into the US?" she asked. "Yes," I said. "We get a lot of that", she said as she approved my application.
John and I have now been happily married for three years – two of which we spent in fabulous New York City. It wasn't until Kate and I started talking about her 40th – that I realised… Kate writes books with weddings in them. True love and some amazing romantic weddings. I write books with true love –but in none of my novels (including the new one due early next year) do I have a wedding.
I wonder if that is because my own wedding wasn't exactly traditional. Don't get me wrong – I loved our wedding. It had it's own brand of romance, and we married for the only reason that matters – because we love each other and want to be together. Oh yes - I did also get to buy an awesome pair of purple shoes. I don't write weddings. But, maybe it's time I did – time I gave one of my characters a big white dress and a candlelit aisle… or maybe some other dream wedding. What do you think?
To win a signed copy of my novel "The Bachelor and Spinster Ball" (warning – there's true love but no weddings in the book) tell me what you think would be a great 'first wedding' for me to write.
Come on – let your imaginations run wild…
You can re3ad more about Janet's books -and specially her new novel Flight to Coorah Creek (Choc Lit) - on her web site