Why Write Romance
“Why do you write romance?” is a question I am often asked. Sometimes it is asked in a condescending way, even patronizing, other times it is a genuine question. Sometimes I have been stuck for an answer. “Because I like romance,” I often say and then wonder if that truly is the reason.
Romance, we are told makes the world go round, so why not have books dedicated to romance? When I first started writing I wrote historical romance, romance was not essential to the plot but it was an element. Feeling like a change I started to write contemporary romance and found it really challenging and exciting. With romance you can travel to exotic places, you need not worry about money; you can be rich or merely comfortably off. I don’t write “Clogs and Shawl” novels, which are really popular, but when I write romance I like my hero and heroine to experience “conflict” and “passion” but don’t want them worrying about whether they can afford a loaf of bread! Writing romance is fun, as well as hard work. As many a romantic novelist will tell you, it is not easy to write a romantic novel!
Recently I have been trying my hand at romantic suspense. Here the romance is not the most important part of the book (just as with an historical romance) but it is certainly necessary. I have written four romantic suspense novels now and only one had things not turn out as the reader (or the author) expected.
My latest novel “A Fatal Flaw” is full of suspense and secrets but there is a dashing hero and an attractive heroine. Ooh, I thought, I hope these two get it together because I like them both. Do they? Well you will have to read the book to see.
“Why do I write romance” it’s fun to write, it’s challenging and isn’t there enough misery in the world without my adding to it? Let’s smile, let’s hear wonderful music, and let love overcome all. Isn’t it what we all dream about anyway?
A Fatal Flaw