It Only Seems Like Yesterday

YesterdayWas it really 1990? It only seems like yesterday…

Once upon a time I had a dream. Yes, I really did. I was in bed with the flu and feverish. I couldn’t work, but I couldn’t let go of a dream I’d had for a romance proposal due soon to my publisher. A proposal can mean different things, but this time I was supposed to tell them the story I wanted to write. In detail. Sounds simple and isn’t. Especially when you want to tell a story that began with a fever.

Writers know that sometimes our best ideas are our craziest. But this was crazier than most. I told my editor that as I discussed it with her.

Leslie, I’ll understand if this is too weird. I had a fever of 102, and even I know this isn’t your typical romance novel. You see, the heroine is posing as a prostitute to try to find her teenage sister, who’s run away from home. And I want to explore what it’s like out on the streets for kids who are desperate enough to leave their life and family behind.”

Luckily for me, Leslie Wainger, editor extraordinaire, didn’t want typical from any of us. You see, back in 1990, there was no “women’s fiction,” which is the genre I write in today–if it really is a genre. Romance novels were the name of the game for any novelist who wanted to be published, because there weren’t a lot of novels selling in the general fiction arena about the lives of women and our hopes and dreams.

Leslie told me to go ahead. I did, following that first book, Runaway, with The Way Back Home and then Fugitive. I say “then” instead of “finally” because as I was reading Fugitive this week to reacquaint myself with the story (remember it’s been, gulp, almost thirty years since it came out) I recognized a minor character. And yes, I’d used HIM in another book. That one, Desert Shadows, will probably be one of the next ones I re-release.

I’m always a little nervous re-reading my older books, and this one? A book I conceived while wrestling with the flu? A book begun during a restless fever dream? So I waited until the last possible moment to start it. I had a date with my cover artist that I couldn’t delay. And, wow. I have to say, I loved the book. And I loved the next one. And the next.

Of course, I wrote them. I am not a harsh critic. I was a harsh critic when I wrote and rewrote it, as I always do. But now? I’m just glad Leslie, bless her, gave me the go ahead.

I hope to release all three at the end of the year as my “Homecoming” seires. They’re not your typical romance novels. There’s lots of action, suspense, and some heavy social issues. But through it all, that shining ribbon of happily-ever-afters.

I won’t be updating these books. One in particular would suffer horribly if I added cell phones and computers. So I’m leaving them all in 1990. I was glad to go back there. I hope you will be, too.

When they’re ready, I’ll show you the next covers and give you pub dates. Stay tuned.



  1. Nancy Lepri on July 25, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Isn’t it funny how quickly time flies? But, you know, sometimes I love reading the older books. They bring back some great memories.

    • Emilie Richards on July 25, 2019 at 3:21 pm

      The third book, Fugitive, really brought back some of my experiences as in VISTA in the Ozarks. So yes, great memories.

  2. Melody Brown on July 25, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    The books sound very interesting. I can’t wait to buy them. I’m reading your Ministry in Murder series now. I just finished book one. I loved the story line and especially Aggie, the not so typical “minister’s wife”!! I really like your writing style snd the story lines with social issues. Keep up the awesome writing. Thank you.

    • Emilie Richards on July 25, 2019 at 3:21 pm

      I love Aggie and hope to have time to write one more some day in the future. I miss. I’m glad you’re enjoying them.

  3. Judy M Zell on July 25, 2019 at 3:06 pm

    I loved those books. That’s when I decided you were one of my favorite authors.

    • Emilie Richards on July 25, 2019 at 3:20 pm

      That makes me so happy that you remembered them. Thanks for telling me.

  4. Joan Garland on July 25, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Would you believe, I have 2 of these, “The Way Back Home” and “Fugitive”. I must have missed the other one. Don’t know how that happened. I look forward to buying your re-release of “Runaway”
    1990, we were living in New Jersey (now in Georgia) and I hardly had time to read anything. working full time, running the kids to 2 ends of town for soccer, boy scouts and, girl scouts. I made sure I bought your books when they came out. I loved them then and so glad I still have 2 to re-read. I lok forward to buying the missing book.

  5. Ann Fuller on July 25, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Well, Emilie I am reading a 1990 book right now that refers to using a “Car phone”. But I love the book anyway so glad you are not updating them – people like me do not care – we just like the story line/mystery – romance whatever to read.

  6. Kathryn on July 26, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    You have me hooked! I am looking forward to them. Almost historical fiction now!!

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