Guest post: Behind the Title (Creation of a Love Story) by Romance Author Cynthia Roberts

Today I
have a special guest post for you. I hope you enjoy it!
Behind the Title
(Creation of a Love Story)
Creating romantic fiction has been a passion of mine, ever since I was
old enough to understand the connection between the sexes. I think I was twelve, when I wrote my first
love story and like most young minds; I truly thought it was a masterpiece.
            There’s another masterful connection
that has been going on now for centuries, and that, is the one between music
and literature. There is a full alphabet
of songs that have been written retelling a work of literature as far back as
the 18th century.
            “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry
was based on a poem, Lady of Shallot. “Love Story” by Taylor Swift is loosely based on Romeo &
Juliet. The artist Sting’s “Moon Over
Bourbon Street” was based on an Anne Rice novel, Interview with a Vampire.
            More interesting though, the anatomy
of a song has also within its lyrics a pretty fascinating back story as
well. For more than five decades,
authors have been creating fictional pieces and bringing readers deep inside
the lyrics. I grew up listening to my
mom’s collection of romantic ballads from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Those lyrics have forever been embossed into
my brain, I still sing along whenever I hear them. Lyrics like those back then told a story, and
they were so strong, and emotional, their affect were everlasting.
            I have a library of love songs on
iTunes I listen to religiously, while I write, as a source of inspiration and a
tool that gets me in the mood and mindset I need to be in. It is from this list, I began to formulate a
series of ideas, followed by cryptic notes on paper, and finally the creation
of my Love Song Standards Series. I made
a list of the songs I connected with personally, whittling it down to thirty-five. That number was quite overwhelming, and I
thought virtually impossible to create that many scenarios. So, I chipped away at the songs and their
lyrics, until I decided on a top ten.
            I had made a commitment to myself to
finish one book a month throughout 2016, writing a chapter every day, leaving
me ample time to polish and edit each one. I knew from the on-start, what I wanted my covers to look like. They had to resemble each other in a way that
would tie them together, but strong enough for them to stand on their own. My designer Covers by Ramona did an exceptional job
tying all my ideas together.
            After Book 6, Chances Are, was
completed, my brain was fried. I took a
short reprieve and switched it up a bit with a romantic suspense, A Pawn for
. Happily, the first two books of
my series received a 5-Star Readers Favorite Award, which ended my promotion
efforts. I was forced to take an
extended break due to personal issues that had set me back both physically and
emotionally. My focus now, is to both
promote my series and finish the final four titles All The Way, It’s
, Sincerely, and Unforgettable.
            If you’re a lover of contemporary
romance, please do check out my Love
Song Standards Series
. Buy links and
descriptions are available on my website at
Book #1, Unchained Melody, is available
at all online retailers for 99 cents.

from me to you. untitled
” This is definitely a
novel that I would read again. It is going to stay on my bookshelf for a very,
very long time.” 
—Readers’ Favorite

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