This month on Romancing a Blog, we’ve been talking about the craft of writing romance novels. Today, I’m going to share with you three of my personal reasons for being so proud to call myself a romance novelist.
Here is where I’m going to give a shout to the RWA (Romance Writers of America), and all that they do for their members. There has been a lot of debate recently about whether or not the RWA holds value any longer for romance novelists, and I argue, the RWA is like any other membership. You get out of it as much as you put into it. And I put in plenty!
But more than that, the RWA has fostered relationships between writers that may have never happened otherwise. I’ve mentioned before on this blog that writing is very solitary, and forming connections with other writers happens in the virtual space most of the time.
But when you reach out to RWA, you find them reaching back.
I read my first romance novel the summer between sixth and seventh grade. (I was an early bloomer, you could say.) And it was a genuine bodice ripper from the 70s that I found stashed in a box of books in a closet.
Let me tell you: bodice rippers have come a long way since then.
And that’s my second reason for being proud to write romance. It’s always changing, developing, moving. It’s an incredibly fluid genre that lets its writers take on whatever he or she wishes. Again, I give a shout out to my friend, Suzanne Brockmann, with her ground-breaking novel, All Through the Night. It was a couple of dudes taking the spotlight in this one, and yes, it was a very gay wedding. And yes, if you are looking for a smashing book filled with love, adventure, suspense, and absolute hilarity, be sure to download a copy today!
But Suz’s book is exactly what I’m talking about. She went there and wrote a book with a hero/hero set up as the main characters. And boy are the haters animated in the reviews on this book, but like I said in a previous post in this series, it doesn’t matter, and I don’t care. The point is the genre would let this book happen, and that is awesome.
3. Just Because
I remember Julia Quinn once posting something somewhere in the Internet world about seeing someone in a hospital reading one of her books, and this person was fully hooked up to every gadget in he place. And walking down the hall, Quinn heard someone laughing, and it was this woman. And she was laughing because she was reading one of Quinn’s books.
It’s moments like those that propel me to write romance.
It’s to give people escape from the toils of everyday life. At the end of a long day, no reader wants to sit down and read about a day similar to the one she just went through. She wants excitement and love and adventure and the unexpected.
And that’s why I write about Nora and Nathan and Alec and Sarah. Why I hold Lady Jane and Richard so dear to my heart.
And that’s why Samuel Black will be making his debut in his own series in 2016.
In case you missed them, here are the other blog posts on this month’s theme: