Tuesday, June 14
Why Am I a Romance Writer?
An interesting question, don't you think? What made me choose romance novels rather than sci-fi or cozy mysteries or paranormal or young adult or even literary novels? I didn't choose romance because it's what I read exclusively because it surely isn't. I read everything, from Jane Austen to Clive Cussler to Stephen King to Hemingway. I always have. I remember discovering Daphne du Maurier mysteries when I was about fourteen and reading Agatha Christie before that. I read teen romances as a very young "tween" as well as the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Pretty much, I was a voracious reader--anything and everything. My mom encouraged us to read and didn't censor our reading material very often.
I discovered romantic fiction when I was a young mom--a friend and I subscribed to Silhouette Romance's monthly book club and then found the used book store where we could trade our books and get even more. Kathleen Gilles Seidel, Anne Stuart, Diana Palmer . . . I fell in love with stories about falling in love! When I started writing, stories about happily-ever-afters were what came naturally to me. I loved reading them, so writing them just felt right.
The Summer of Second Chances, but the story was mainly the friends-to-lovers trope that is all romance. I guess I'm just a hopeless romantic. So the answer to Caro's question is simply this: I didn't choose romance--romance chose me. Writing happy endings and passionate romances makes me happy, which to me is a great reason to be a romance writer.
What about you, wranglers? What made you choose the genre you write? Let's talk . . .