Why I Write Romance

Why do I write romance? I’ve been asked that more than once. The honest answer is: I have no idea! That’s just what comes out of my head. I’m not deprived of love in my personal life, which I’ve heard suggested as a reason. I will admit that nearly twenty-five-year-old love is very different than the first flush of new love. All those chemicals popping in the brain make for a heady cocktail that is hard to beat.

I do know when I started writing romance: in high school. My best friend and I read romance novels obsessively, which didn’t seem to hurt her grades but didn’t help mine. In fact, being the pack rat that I am, I still have a bit of what would become To Tame a Rogue Heart that’s written on the same paper with some algebra homework. I still don’t understand algebra.

We read the queens of the genre: Rosemary Rogers, Valerie Sherwood, Kathleen Woodiwiss, as well as the not so great ones, whose names I don’t remember. It was the not so greats that inspired me to write. I have heard other writers say that at some point in reading, they said to themselves, “I could do better than this.” I know I did.

Which began years of scribbling on notebook paper, which, yes, I still have. Then I got a job, got married, went to college, got divorced, met the man who is now my husband, and the writing sort of got pushed out of my mind. It wasn’t dead; sometimes I would still have an idea and think, “I should write that down.” It didn’t happen. I occasionally wrote really bad poetry, but that was it.

My reading tastes changed during this time. Romance novels didn’t interest me, but Stephen King, Tom Clancy, and Clive Barker did. I read anything historical, especially American Civil War and medieval England.

Then one day, a switch flipped in my head. That’s the only way I can describe it. One minute, I wasn’t a writer, the next, I was sitting at my computer, channeling the story in my head out my fingertips. I haven’t stopped since, and hopefully I won’t. I still have lots of stories in my head, just screaming to get out.

 

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2 thoughts on “Why I Write Romance

  1. You know what’s funny? I thought that I would never, ever write romance (I have always been a great fantasy adventure fan) and that the Disincarnates Series would be a tale of war and suffering. But one day, (in a sort of self- fan fic sort of way lol) I imagined 2 of my characters who were supposed to be enemies with each other and everything just fell into place. It was odd because there were signs from the very beginning that they were destined. I just never realised it. Once I made the decision that, yes, these two would indeed fall in love, the series (at least how I have planned it) became and will forever be the greatest (and probably only) love story I will ever tell.

    I understand exactly what you mean! I think the best love stories are the ones that are unintentional because that in itself is what love is.

    I can’t wait to read more of your writings! Also, Clive Barker is King!

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