Guest Author: Cindi Myers


First off, I want to thank Romance Junkies for hosting me today. It’s a pleasure to be here.

I recently did an interview for a radio station in Great Britain and the interviewer asked me about the appeal of single moms as heroines. Are they popular because a lot of readers are single moms, and thus identify with the heroine? Are they popular because single moms are strong, appealing heroines — and the idea of a man who will love not only her but her child — is so appealing?

The heroine of my January Superromance, The Father For Her Son, is a single mom. Marlee has been raising her little boy alone for six years and her ex, Troy, now wants back into their lives. Marlee has a hard time trusting Troy, and she has a particularly hard time trusting him with their son. She’s afraid of being hurt, and even more afraid of her son being hurt.

Being a mom is one of the most important jobs in the world, and raising a child by yourself has to be one of the biggest challenges anyone can face. Yet so many women do so every day. I can’t imagine a stronger, more admirable character than a single mom.

What do you readers think — do you seek out books with single mom heroines? Do you like them? Not like them? Why or why not?

Harlequin Superromance Father For Her Son
January 2010
Life hasn’t been easy for single mom Marlee Britton, but she’s proud of her ability to look after herself and her son. Then old flame Troy Denton shows up after seven years, wanting to be a father to his son. and to rekindle his relationship with Marlee. While Troy struggles to prove himself trustworthy, Marlee wonders how she can ever give her heart to the man who broke it so long ago.

with Jennifer Greene and Merline Lovelace
Harlequin Anthology
January 2010
Kristjan Gunnarson is Iceland’s first ever Olympic medalist. Coloradoan Stacy Bristol thinks he’ll be the perfect model for her new advertising campaign, but she isn’t prepared for the impact handsome Kristjan has on her. As she supervises filming around Iceland, Stacy fights her attraction to Kristjan. Can a down-to-business American and a footloose Icelander find love in the land of ice and fire?

Cindi Myers became one of the most popular people in eighth grade when she and her best friend wrote and illustrated their own historical romance novel. The manuscript was eventually confiscated by her English teacher, who told her she should spend her time learning to properly conjugate a sentence. Since then, Cindi has gone on to write more than three dozen novels, both historical and contemporary. She also teaches writing and is a popular speaker and workshop presenter. She produces a weekly market newsletter at Visit her website at

6 Responses to Guest Author: Cindi Myers

  1. Linda Henderson

    I enjoy the single mom stories. Since I was a twice divorced mother bringing up two daughters by myself I can appreciate them very much.

  2. Cindi Myers

    Yes, Gigi, that happy ending is one of the great things about romance. Life is depressing enough without reading depressing books!

  3. Gigi

    I don’t specifically pick out with books with single moms. I try to pick out books that have a good plot. I just love a good story with a happy ending and with a Super Romance you know you are going to get a happy ending.

  4. Cindi Myers

    Diana, thank you so much for reading Her Christmas Wish. I’m glad you liked it.

    I think single moms make appealing characters because they have to take on so much — they’re such strong women. And it makes the hero more appealing, too — there’s something special about a man who will take on a ready-made family.

  5. Diana Smith

    I seem to read alot of books ab out single Mom’s. I don’t really pick them out on purpose but I guess I can relate more to them because I was one myself. Also there are alot of single Mom’s in this day and age, more than in past history, so it is just something we can relate to easier. I do enjoy reading them. So keep them coming. I read your book Her Christmas Wish and enjoyed it immensely. Diana

  6. Audra Holtwick

    I don’t have any preference for romances with single mothers – I think as long as the story is good that it is okay with me. Happy New Year!!!

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