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Welcome Guest Blogger, Jim Cangany

June11

Jim Cangany Author Photo - CompressedI’ve welcomed a lot of special people to this blog over the last three years, but today’s guest is particularly special. Jim Cangany is a friend and an author and a man who writes romance novels. I think that makes him pretty unique in the rather woman-centric world of romance writers. I’m excited to read his debut novel, Fallen Star, releasing on June 14 from Uncial Press.

A lifelong resident of the State of Indiana, Jim is proud to call himself a Hoosier. The youngest of eight children, he grew up in a household full of books and people. Thanks to the influence of his older siblings, Jim gravitated toward fantasy and sci-fi when looking for something to read. He wrote his first story at age fourteen. A school project, The Magic Coin was a fantasy that involved a king, some bad guys, and, not surprisingly, a magical token. These days, Jim writes romance on the sweet end. A believer that the world has enough doom and gloom, he likes stories with a happy ending, regardless of genre.

Take it away, Jim!

Follow That Dream

Fallen Star Book CoverWhat the heck is a guy doing writing a romance novel? You know, that genre that people like to stereotype as stories by women for women. Even more to the point, does a guy even have any business writing romance? After all, from what I’ve read, we carriers of the Y chromosome make up all of one, maybe two, percent of all writers of romance fiction.

While I can’t speak for the other guys writing stories of beating the odds, falling in love and living happily ever after, I can tell you why I write romance. And like a lot in my life these days, it all goes back to May 1, 2009–the day my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. We went through a lot that summer, but Nancy came out the other side fully recovered, thank heavens.

We both learned something vitally important in the process, though. We learned we only get one go-around in life, so we need to live it to the fullest. Take chances. Don’t be afraid. Follow that dream. And so it was that when I started writing a few years ago and found the stories in my head are contemporary romances, I chose to embrace those stories.

When it comes to romance, I don’t think it matters whether you’re a man or a woman banging away at that keyboard. I think that because, in the end, I believe we’re all searching for love, looking to make a connection with that special someone. You know who I’m talking about–that person who makes your palms sweat, leaves you tongue-tied, and won’t get out of your head.

So those are the stories about which I write. They’re stories of the heart. Does it “seem weird” that I’m part of the one or two percent of men who write romance? Not in the least. Maybe it’s because I’ve always worn my emotions on my sleeve that I’m comfortable writing romance. I’ll leave it to others to decide whether or not I write it well. I’d like to think so, but at the end of the day that’s your call, not mine. And I’m okay with that.

I’m okay with that because I know I’m following that dream. And in following that dream, I’m living life with no regrets.

So how about you? Do you have a job or a hobby that leaves you way outside the norm, like a guy who writes romance, maybe? Tell me about it. Let’s embrace that individuality together while we follow our dreams.

 

16 Comments to

“Welcome Guest Blogger, Jim Cangany”

  1. Avatar June 11th, 2013 at 8:10 am Jim Cangany Says:

    Thanks so much for letting me hang out, Nan! This is such an exciting time and I can’t wait for Friday, when I get to join you in the ranks of published authors. Cheers!


  2. Avatar June 11th, 2013 at 8:16 am Nan Says:

    My pleasure entirely, Jim. Being pubbed is wondrous–enjoy every moment!


  3. Avatar June 11th, 2013 at 8:27 am Brenda Maxfield Says:

    I love Jim’s story! Can’t wait till it releases this FRIDAY!! Yeah!!


  4. Avatar June 11th, 2013 at 8:58 am Jim Cangany Says:

    You’re the greatest, Brenda. Thanks!


  5. Avatar June 11th, 2013 at 9:10 am Linda Morris Says:

    Great interview, Jim! I think it’s fantastic that you write romance and do it well! Kudos to you for pursuing your dream and best of luck for your release!


  6. Avatar June 11th, 2013 at 10:29 am Jim Cangany Says:

    Thanks Linda, you’re too kind. Appreciate it!


  7. Avatar June 11th, 2013 at 12:00 pm robena grant Says:

    Congratulations on the release of your book, Jim. I know you can hardly wait for Friday. It’s interesting that many of us wait until life gives us a kick in the pants before we get serious about our dreams. So glad your wife’s story had a happy ending.

    My romance writers chapter in L.A. has four male authors. We love our guys. : )


  8. Avatar June 11th, 2013 at 1:38 pm Jim Cangany Says:

    Thanks Robena, I truly appreciate it. The ladies in the Indiana Romance Writers chapter are wonderful. We joke that I’m the chapter’s “Token Dude.” 🙂


  9. Avatar June 11th, 2013 at 9:19 pm Anna Bowling Says:

    Congratulations, Jim, on your new release! I think romance could use a few good men.


  10. Avatar June 11th, 2013 at 10:31 pm Jana Richards Says:

    Jim, congratulations on your debut release. All the best!


  11. Avatar June 12th, 2013 at 7:11 am Rhoda Baxter Says:

    Congratulations on your debut Jim. I’ve actually read Fallen Star and it’s a lovely read. Good luck. I hope you zoom up the charts!


  12. Avatar June 12th, 2013 at 8:11 am Jim Cangany Says:

    Thanks so much, Anna!


  13. Avatar June 12th, 2013 at 8:12 am Jim Cangany Says:

    Thanks Jana. It’s great being the same publishing house with you!


  14. Avatar June 12th, 2013 at 3:07 pm Jim Cangany Says:

    Thanks a million, Rhoda! Your support and kindness mean more than I can say.


  15. Avatar June 14th, 2013 at 8:10 am Liz Flaherty Says:

    Hi, Jim. Thanks for reiterating that your stories are ones of the heart–and gender shouldn’t have a whole lot to do with that! I enjoyed your post.


  16. Avatar June 14th, 2013 at 4:44 pm Johnnie Z. Durham Says:

    What the heck is a guy doing writing a romance novel? You know, that genre that people like to stereotype as stories by women for women. Even more to the point, does a guy even have any business writing romance? After all, from what I’ve read, we carriers of the Y chromosome make up all of one, maybe two, percent of all writers of romance fiction.


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