Why romance novels keep me sane
I love Romance novels.
And I don’t think I am crazy for saying so.
I felt more crazy when all I read was a steady diet of books
about great tragedies, and how easily the most seemingly perfect
life can unravel with the fall of the smallest domino.
Honestly, they gave me nightmares after a while.
I needed something positive to feed my psyche, something
refreshing rather than draining.
I found Romance.
And I love it because it gathers up all the most important things
we care about in life- faith in a better future, faith in our
ability to change, hope of redemption for our mistakes, the power
of love to heal what is broken in our lives and relationships- and wraps
them all up in the beautiful package that is a romance novel.
I am swept up into stories peopled with characters who are
human and imperfect, yet admirable for their determination to
succeed against the odds. Characters who make mistakes and struggle and
overcome their fears. Characters who earn the happy ending
that will always come- because these are romance novels, and happy
endings are in the contract.
And along the way, I learn that everyone struggles, that fears can
be overcome, and that love can make it worthwhile if I am willing to
work for it. I learn that happy endings aren’t just for novels.
And so I aspire to write and publish in this wonderful genre.
If I can encourage, comfort, and maybe even inspire just one other
person with my books the way so many other wonderful romance authors
encouraged, comforted and inspired me, I will count myself a success.