Riffle Backstory: Q&A with Patience Bloom, author of "Romance is my Day Job"

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Who knows the ins and outs of romance better than a Harlequin editor? A surprising and exhilarating look into Patience Bloom’s unexpected real-life love story, due out just in time for Valentine's Day of course.

What drew you to write this book?

I knew the story of me and Sam would be a fun, inspirational read. I secretly wrote the fictional version of the story before my agent encouraged me to write my memoir. I didn’t think anyone would believe our romance, but as I rewrote it as nonfiction, I discovered that the truth is way better.

What is your greatest fear as a writer?

There’s some fear of scathing criticism, but you either like my memoir or you don’t. I fear more hurting someone with what I’ve written so I might have held a few punches.

What do you do to get ready to write every day? What’s your routine?

I do write every day. On a non-work day, I write in the morning, soon after waking up. Or I’ll write when an idea pops into my head. I go right to my notebook or computer and get it down before I forget and lose the inspiration. On work days, I write at night in that space between getting home and dinner. After about 8pm, my brain is toast.

What’s your favorite method of procrastination?

Checking Facebook, watching the Housewives franchises and doing jigsaw puzzles.

What is one song/artwork/film/play/performance that you would most like your writing to emulate?

I listened to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons through much of the writing of Romance Is My Day Job. I also went to see Jersey Boys at least six times to keep me to my deadline. The true romance of this music gave me inspiration, along with a daily dose of Duran Duran, my #1 obsession.

What book are you raving about right now?

Finding Colin Firth by Mia March. This engrossing story details the lives of three women in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Adoption, pregnancy, marriage, making pie, Colin Firth and romance are central themes and I can’t put it down! The title drew me right away, but this author’s writing is simply page-turning.

If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?

To lose the desperation and just enjoy life. I worried way too much about everything. I had to meet Prince Charming and achieve professional success immediately. This only caused neediness, which prolonged what I considered success.

List of 5-7 books that are the author’s favorite, inspirational, helped them with their own work, or are on their “to read” list.

Books that helped me: The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe, Fairy Tale Interrupted by RoseMarie Terenzio, and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Inspirational: Inside by Brenda Novak, On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves, and Bring Me Back by Karen Booth

To read: Your Voice in My Head by Emma Forrest, The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

  • Romance Is My Day Job: A Memoir of Finding Love at Last

  • The End of Your Life Book Club

  • Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss

  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

  • Inside (Bulletproof Book 1)

  • On the Island

  • Bring Me Back

  • Your Voice in My Head: A Memoir

  • The Signature of All Things: A Novel

  • Finding Colin Firth: A Novel