Of all the jobs I’ve ever had – and this includes that miserable stint in my college cafeteria – being a mother is both the hardest and the best. I doubt my qualifications and my sanity daily, but the dozens of kisses and hugs I receive pretty much even the score.

Sometimes people wonder aloud how I get any writing done with two young kids. But oddly enough, I think being a mother gives me lots of inspiration for writing romance. When FanLit happened, my baby was just a newborn. I wrote several of my FanLit chapters by typing with one hand while I nursed/rocked/held him in the other arm. I wrote the whole time I was pregnant with him, too – I call him my muse.

Although I’ve been happily married for several years, both of my babies have served as wonderful reminders of how it feels to be in the first blush of love. I have every little detail of my kids memorized. I never get tired of looking at their cute little dimples, or kissing their fat little cheeks, or running my fingers through their curly hair. I’m completely infatuated with them. And while I still love my husband quite ardently, of course, that bloom of infatuation is a bit harder to sustain with an adult. Somehow, it’s just not cute when his nose is snotty.

How about you? How do you remember that feeling of infatuation? Are there relationships in your life that may not be “romantic,” but nonetheless inspire you to write about love?

Oh, and thanks to everyone who came by my guestblog last week! I really appreciate it.

6 comments to “Happy Mother’s Day!”

  1. India Carolina
    · May 13th, 2007 at 8:05 am · Link

    Happy mother’s day Eve. As you and I have discussed in the past, I remember wondering as a new mom (many years ago)why no one ever told me that you quite literally fall in love with your children. They never leave your heart or you mind from the moment their tiny fingers curl around yours.

    BTW, I had a great time at the Romancing the Rockies conference this weekend. Leigh and I will be posting a blog about pitching if anyone wants to check it out.

    Even on mother’s day, the shameless plugs continue. 🙂

  2. beverley
    · May 13th, 2007 at 10:27 am · Link

    Happy Mother’s Day!!!

    My relationship with my son inspires when writing about children. But romance? Music does that for me and other romance novels, oh, and the seasons.

  3. CM
    · May 13th, 2007 at 11:18 am · Link

    Happy mother’s day!

    Honestly, nothing inspires me right now like procrastination. 😉

  4. Beth
    · May 13th, 2007 at 1:26 pm · Link

    After 13 years, I am still over the moon about my girls. I assume that will continue until I am paying for their car insurance. 🙂

    Speaking of shameless plugs, please allow me to direct your attention to Terry Stone’s blog (I proudly claim her as a valued crit partner). She has written a beautiful tribute to her mother.

    As I told my group this morning, if your babies are covered in peanut butter, tattoos, or fur, you’re a mama, so happy day to all of us!

  5. Sara Lindsey
    · May 13th, 2007 at 9:24 pm · Link

    Happy Mother’s Day!
    I hope Mr. Dare and the little angels are giving you a day of peace & relaxation punctuated by hugs and cuddles and kisses!

  6. Lindsey
    · May 14th, 2007 at 8:12 pm · Link

    Happy (belated) Mother’s Day to Eve & everyone else!

    I think there’s always a sense of euphoria that comes with feeling like you connect with someone, so I get friend crushes as often as romantic crushes. I’m definitely a little infatuated with all my favorite FanLitters!