If U.K. author Jessica Blair is your favorite romance novelist, surprise: She is actually a he — 89-year-old World War II veteran Bill Spence. Blair was a pseudonym given to him by his publishers.
Bill Spence has written 22 romance novels since his first was published, in 1993. (Along with multiple westerns and a war novel.) Spence said he was just happy someone wanted to publish his work, according to the Daily Mail.
‘When I am writing I have got to think in a female way and I have got to think about the period I am setting the book in.
‘I just love doing it. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t do it!’
But this is the part that got us really verklempt:
‘My wife, Joan, who died sadly a few years ago thought it was amusing, but she has been a great support to me throughout my years of writing.
‘I suppose some men may suppose their masculinity had been questioned, but it has never bothered me.’
Forget Jessica Blair: Bill Spence is our new hero.
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