And therefore I love to write romance. The first thing you should know about romance authors is that we don’t know any more bedroom secrets than other women…we just write them down! (And edit them, send them to others to read and eventually have them published. But that’s another blog…)
I cut my teeth on white cover Harlequins. I had a friend who would bring them to school in a brown paper grocery sack. I would take them home, do my homework (I always did my homework first, of course). Then I would read one. Yes, the entire book in one evening. If I had known all that went into those sweet romances I would have least taken a couple of days to read them.
I love romances for many reasons. It’s the only happy ending you’re guaranteed. And I like men. Real men. Men who make multi-million dollar deals without blinking an eye. Men who kill their own food and men who only have to think about it for a page or two before they agree to be a father to their best friend’s/next door neighbor’s/secretary’s baby. Who doesn’t love a man like that?
But whenever I tell someone about my writing, they inevitably ask, “what kind of book is it?” And I always try to reply with confidence, “It’s a romance novel.” But somehow I sound like I’m apologizing. Why? I don’t know. I’m a skilled writer. I can write whatever I set my mind to. (I know this is true because my agent told me so!) And I choose to write romance. But I find myself stumbling around as if my hard work isn’t worthy of general praise. My books won’t change the world, but they will allow you to escape it for a night or two. No one dies (at least not many). There’s no big mystery to solve, no disease of the week so obscure that you have to Google it in order to find out what it is. But there is always always a happy ending. (Therefore I will never make it to Oprah’s book list–and I’m okay with that.) There’s always a good man, a woman I hope the reader can identify with (at least on some level) and their journey to love. What more do you really need?
So here’s my blog about writing romance…the things that inspire me (oh…not that!) and the journey through the treacherous wilds of publication.
And here’s your warning…Happy Endings ahead!
A friend of mine once said, “A good man is easy to find…read a romance novel.” Better still…read one of mine!
Writing tip of the day–do a “that” search. Most can be left out. And forgive yourself (and me) for the ones that remain.