Thanks to everybody whoâ€™s stopped by so far today! Iâ€™ve had great fun with this blog, and I think I actually have a couple more posts (counting this one) in me before I collapse from exhaustion.
Iâ€™ve often been asked why I chose to write romance. Way back when I first started writing, I sort of thought Iâ€™d write either science fiction or horror, because thatâ€™s what I read. I never was much of a fan of romances, except for the aforementioned soap addiction and an affinity for fairy tales. In fact, youâ€™ll find a definite Cinderella theme in SECRETS OF THE LOTUS, although itâ€™s undeniably a contemporary romance.
And yet I kept coming back to romances. I even wrote one years ago that Iâ€™m currently rewriting and which will hopefully be my next novel. That one is titled (tentatively) WINTER SOLSTICE. I broadened my horizons when I wrote my other work-in-progress ALWAYS FAITHFUL. Although it has elements of romance in it, itâ€™s more womenâ€™s literature and explores the relationships between women as much as the relationship between the hero and heroine. Itâ€™s also the longest (and most demanding) novel Iâ€™ve written to date. Itâ€™s now in the hands of my first reader (my wonderful husband), so stay tuned!
So considering the success Iâ€™ve had writing romances, I figured Iâ€™d try to come up with some good reasons, not so much about why I write romances, but why I want to continue writing them. And here they are:
- I like writing things that make me (and hopefully my readers) feel good. Love is beautiful in all its forms.
- Iâ€™m a pretty opinionated person on the subject of love and marriage, though I try to keep it to myself unless Iâ€™m writing.
- I like a challenge. My next romance will deal with a married couple. To date, all my novels have stopped when the hero and heroine get together and become a couple. Starting with a couple who are already married with kids is something I look forward to tackling.
- In spite of my age, I continue to believe in fairy tales.
- I suspect I might be a bit of a voyeur. Peeking into the lives of my characters and transcribing what I see there is fun!
And thatâ€™s my top five reasons for writing romances. For more information, please visit me on my blog BREATHE at http://michellegflye.wordpress.com.