We're thrilled to have Susan Mallery in the PF&HT house today.
Susan Mallery is the New York Times bestselling author of over one hundred romances and she has yet to run out of ideas!! She has written series romances, as well as single titles, historicals, contemporaries and even a lone time travel. Always reader favorites, her books have appeared on the Waldens bestseller list, along with the USA Today bestseller list and, of course, the New York Times list. She has won awards for everything from best single title contemporary, to best Special Edition of the year and recently took home the prestigious National Reader's Choice Award. As her degree in Accounting wasn't very helpful in the writing department, Susan earned a Masters in Writing Popular Fiction.
Susan makes her home in the Pacific Northwest where, rumor has it, all that rain helps with creativity. Susan is married to a fabulous hero-like husband and has a six pound toy poodle...who is possibly the cutest dog on the planet.
Life is Good
by Susan Mallery
When I heard the November theme at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales was “What I’m Thankful For,” it brought to mind one of my core beliefs: Life is good. Sounds simple, but sometimes the simplest truths are the most profound. Because I believe that life is good, I naturally look for evidence to support my belief. In other words, I focus on everything positive in the world.
I think romance readers are fundamentally optimistic. Cynics say that happy endings are unrealistic, but we know the truth. People do fall in love. They do get married. And many of those marriages do last a lifetime, filled with love, laughter, and companionship the whole way through.
Life is good.
So, in no particular order, here are some of the many, many things I’m thankful for:
• I’m thankful for the beauty of the Great Outdoors.
• I’m thankful for the invention of windows, so I can appreciate that beauty without actually having to step outside.
• I’m thankful for my fabulous friends. Most of us are in the same business, but we are genuinely thrilled with each success the others find. We are not competitive with each other. We support each other, commiserate with each other, and make each other roar with laughter.
• I’m thankful for all the powerful technology tools at our fingertips. Online research, instant communication across continents… The world is a smaller place these days, and that’s a good thing. Plus, hello! BigFishGames.com – What’s not to like?
• I’m thankful for Holy Pink Pagoda! nail polish from OPI. Every time I catch a glimpse of my toes, I feel girlie.
• I’m thankful that Project Runway is still good now that it moved to the Lifetime Channel.
• I’m thankful for my husband and my dog. Probably in that order. Most of the time.
• I’m thankful for salty snacks, although I also curse them.
• And of course, I can’t go without saying that I’m thankful for my funny, generous, warm-hearted readers. When I announced on Facebook recently that my latest release, HOT ON HER HEELS, had hit #5 on the New York Times bestsellers list, my readers’ response moved me to tears. They were as excited as I was about achieving this new milestone in my career. They feel like family. In the best way.
Life is good. And it’s important to be an instrument of good in the world, to make life better for someone else. In the spirit of giving, I’m holding a different sort of contest on my website this month. I’ve asked my readers to perform a random act of kindness for someone and then tell me about it. I hope that reading the stories will inspire others to do something kind.
On November 28, the winner of my last contest (the Queen of the Susan Mallery Facebook Page) will select a random winner, and I’ll donate $250 to the U.S. charity of his or her choice. The stories of kindness, I hope, will come from all over the world. I hope you’ll come to my website to read the stories and be inspired, and maybe share a story of your own.
Meanwhile, post a comment here. Tell me about something unexpected and kind that someone else did for you. How did it make you feel? Did you find a way to pay it forward?