by Sherrie Wilkolaski

Where would romance be without the written word?  Or is it the other way around?  If you think about it, love is what drives so many authors to write.  Whether it is the love for another person, or being passionate about a particular subject, love is most seemingly, on one level or another…always involved.

We credit authors like Shakespeare and Lord Byron for our classic love stories, but I think we should be complimenting their inspiration.  Perhaps the subject of their affection wasn’t even aware of the role they played in the writing process. How scandalous. When researching a family tree it’s rare to find things like, “Great Aunt Hilda on your father’s side inspired Shakespeare’s, Romeo and Juliet.  She waited tables in his local pub.”  Perhaps the story behind the story, is even more more interesting than finding out you’re a direct decent of Shakespeare himself. 51TEuxyFqvL. SX500  resized 600

It is fascinating to know the history of where a character comes from and what the motivation was to create the details surrounding a personality or a piece of work.  Jane Austen, who is the real, Mr. Darcy?  As an author you’re having a romance with your writing every time you put pen to paper.

For all of your writers out there, today is the day to think about where your own inspiration comes from.  You may want to thank your own personal muse, by writing something special, with them in mind, on this hallmark of holidays.

Would you be as good a writer without that extraordinary someone or something in your life?

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Sherrie Wilkolaski is a public relations and book marketing expert for independent authors and traditional publishers. Her unique balance of real-world experience as a best-selling author and her insider knowledge into the mechanics of the publishing process has allowed her to help thousands of authors successfully translate their creations into published works of art. A former Director of Publishing Services at Lulu and Director of radio show, “The Publishing Insiders.” Currently, she is a columnist for Press Pass and a variety of other publishing sites. She is a consultant and publishing services broker for a variety of small to mid-sized publishers, including Infinity Publishing. In December 2011, she launched a traditional publishing house, with modern-day twist, Pressque Publishing with partner Ellie Maas Davis. She is the author of best-selling book, “How to Start a Wedding Planning Business” and the “Cookies and Cocktails” series.  She has several books coming out in the new year and will also be launching her radio program, PubSmart.  IFWTWA board member and treasurer.

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