My Heroine of Romance - by Codi Garyby Caroline Perny
As we celebrate Avon’s 75th anniversary, Avon authors are sharing their heroines of Romance – the iconic authors who influenced them to become the writers they are today. This month, Codi Gary, author of One Lucky Hero, joins us to talk about her Heroine of Romance:
When I started reading romance as a teenager, I would pick up anything the woman at my local New and Used Bookstore, Bear Mountain Books, suggested and one day, she held out a copy of Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I added it to my large stack of books, and the minute I got into the car with my mom, I started reading it. And it was amazing. Susan Elizabeth Phillips has this uncanny ability to make you laugh out loud one minute and cry like a baby the next. Her characters practically fly off the pages and you can hear their voices in your head long after the book is over. Once I had finished her back list, I found myself waiting anxiously for her next release. Her Chicago Stars series is still one of my all-time favorites (with Nobody’s Baby But Mine being my number one) and Honey Moon still tugs at my heartstrings every time I re-read it.
She is what I strive for every time I start a book…that special mix of funny, touching moments and characters that you can’t get enough of. She is an inspiration for the kind of writer I want to be and I am so glad I added her to my pile nineteen years ago.
About Codi Gary:
An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.