Why Write a Romance?
People have been asking me, “Why did you write a romance?” That question made me start thinking, Why do people write romance? A brief answer might be that it’s part of life. But, I think there’s more to it. When I was five yeas old, for the first time I saw a house burning. When my parents and I rode by it, my father slowed down. We all gazed out the window at the horrifying sight, and my mother made statements such as “I hope the firemen can save something.” But I got a sick feeling in my stomach and wondered if the fire had killed the children’s pet or burned their favorite toys.
I believe as writers we ponder such truths as loss, happiness, faith, human nature and the presence of good and evil. Viewing the world as our kaleidoscope, we zoom in on one picture and make it sharper, so others can see it more clearly. Why not choose love? Love, possibly more than any other emotion, can lower us to the deepest depths of despair or raise us to the loftiest heights of ecstasy. Not only that, when two people try to come to terms with different backgrounds, society’s demands and dissimilar hopes for tomorrow, their lives drift into a tornado of twists and turns.
Say someone has loved and lost or never found love. She trudges through life in a day to day grind, feeling like she’s drifting alone on a raft in a sea filled with sharks without even a glass of clean water. After days, months, maybe even years of feeling as though she’s all alone in a cruel world, she’s miserable. In a romance she can meet a handsome man, and her perspective changes. The two of them travel to their own little paradise filled with bluebirds, magnolias and blue hyacinths.
Of course, that’s just when they first meet and realize they’re not alone anymore. Maybe one night while walking through their enchanted land, they stop at an ice cream parlor and discover that she likes pineapple-orange. He only eats chocolate chip, and they have enough money for one cone. For a while the difference places them back on separate rafts in the shark-filled ocean. But wait! He asks if they can get one bowl of ice cream with two flavors. The waitress agrees, and once again the lovers are in their own little cosmos, where paradise lasts until they discover another impasse to conquer.
Cammie O’Shea, the main character in my first romance, Love Turns the Tide, is drifting alone, and she feels betrayed. Right after she suffers a traumatic split-up with her fiancé she relocates to Destin, Florida, to take a new job. Heartbroken, she wants no relationships with anyone, because she never wants to experience the pain and deception her engagement caused. A Christian, she turns to her faith. When she picks up her Bible right after she moves, it falls open at a bookmark to Romans 8: 28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him….” In her heart she knows the words are true, but she can’t imagine how a move to Destin possibly can be good for her.
Her main source of angst is Vic Deleona, the influential real estate developer she has to write about to generate interest in the newspaper. However, after her friend has a break-in at her condo someone vandalizes Cammie’s unit, and Vic comes to their rescue. He even tries to solve the crime. Just as Cammie gets to know him better she has an offer to return home. She has decisions to make, and Vic complicates her life, but she is no longer miserable. And, that’s why I wrote a romance.
Why do you like to write or read romance? As a reader do you prefer it to other genres? And why?
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