Why Romance?

Candy Heart KeyboardI am asked sometimes, why romance?  Why do I write it, and why do I read it?  Isn’t it silly?  How many ways can we write about falling in love, anyway?  How many love stories can possibly be out there?

As a woman who has gone through more than one romance, I can say that there are a lot of love stories out there.  Not all of them are happily-ever-after, but that’s actually okay.  If you get to fall in love more than once in a lifetime, then you have lived, and loved, a lot.  And don’t we believe we are increased, bettered, by love?  I know I do.

So why NOT romance?  Writing the stories that touch people’s hearts makes me happy.  I like reading happy stories, stories that end in fairy tale romance, so why wouldn’t I like to write them?

As I work on my second book, and struggle through the saggy middle of it, I try to focus on that core love story.  That story is what will keep me (and the writing) going.  Boy meets girl, and falls in love.  Girl is not so sure about boy, as she’s been burned in the past.  But she gives him a chance, then pushes him away, because she is scared.  There is a bad guy, and some messy scenes of the bad guy getting the upper hand, but through it all, the love story runs as a current underneath it all.  In the end, girl can no longer deny that boy has her best interests at heart, and she willingly admits she loves him.  It all ends Happily Ever After.

Real life doesn’t always offer us that, of course.  I’m not living my Happily Ever After, but it’s not over yet, so who knows, right?  Hope springs eternal.  And the escape of a good romantic read can make all the difference in our attitudes and dreams.  If we think anything is possible, then things will always look rosy and promising.  And there’s really nothing wrong with that at all.

What do you like about reading (or writing if you are an author) romance?  Let me know in the comments!

 

Fairest of the Faire – available now!

Fairest of the Faire book coverBlurb:

Schoolteacher Connie Meyers is suddenly a young widow, her husband killed in a horrific car accident. Heartbroken to find out he had gambled away everything they had, she moves to her sister-in-law’s Midwest home to rebuild her life. A trip to the local Renaissance Faire with her nieces leads to a summer job as a costumed storyteller.

Avowed bad boy and fair performer Gage Youngblood is infatuated with Connie at first sight. Despite his deliberately commitment-free life, and Connie’s don’t-touch-me attitude, he soon has her in his arms, realizing quickly she is also in his heart.

When she is threatened by her late husband’s bookie, he steps into the role of protector, his fate forever sealed with hers.

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2 thoughts on “Why Romance?

  1. Enjoyed reading your thoughts on reading and writing romance. It’s a question I get asked a great deal. Some people call romance stories pulp fiction as an intended put down. But what do you call fantasy? Or mysteries? Or science fiction? A romance usually features strongly in most books.

    Christine (writing as CB Clark)

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