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“How did you start writing romance?” is a question I get a lot. The short answer: I had a story idea and figured the rules of the romance genre would provide a template for developing it into a full manuscript – a “follow-the-dots” of sorts. But as I did more research and read the latest best-selling historical dramas filled with complicated plots and page-turning tension, I came to the sickening realization that this would be a whole lot harder than I thought. However, I’m the kind of person who loves to keep lists and cross items off, which meant I couldn’t get off the train of plotting the story and chugging through the first draft once I’d started.