I Should Have Known…

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Often, when people hear that I’ve written a book, they ask, “Why romance?”

Well, I’ve loved romance novels ever since I picked up my first one, Silver Springs by Carolyn Lampman.  But last weekend, I realized that, perhaps, I was destined (doomed?) to romance from the beginning.  And the reason why is not pretty.

I was out to dinner with some friends who have known me forever.  We started talking about those shows that we loved as children, and wondered how we ever lived life without the internet as a companion to our TV watching.  Now, as fans, we have so much more information at our fingertips.  You can find spoilers on almost anything if you just can’t stand the summer break between seasons.

Well, I’ve never yet succumbed to that.  I don’t look ahead to the end of the book, and I don’t spend so much time wondering what’s going to happen on my shows that I give in and allow myself a spoiler or two.  It’s just not me.

Except once.

I was more than a little obsessed with the show Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.  At the end of season two Clark proposes to Lois.  I could not handle the suspense, so I wrote an ending for them.  I was reminded of my stint as a fangirl over dinner last week.

Thankfully, I don’t have this, nor do I really remember what I wrote.  But looking back, I think I should have known that this was a sign that my urge to write a romance wouldn’t stay hidden forever.


5 Responses

  1. Sophie Sansregret

    I never saw the show but I do love romance because I WANT HEA when I read a book. Heck to the naysayers. I knew I’d write (or continue reading) once I read Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Next stop was Bertrice Small’s Skye O’Malley. And that was it for me!


    • I read a Bertrice Small early on, too! Don’t remember which one, but it totally continued my road into romance. I’ve missed out on Kathleen Woodiwiss so far, but I think she might be too iconic for me to stay away from much longer.

  2. Aria Glazki

    [This isn't 100% on-topic but it at least ties in to the first line.] I just came across your Huffington Post article from last summer about smart women reading romance novels. Personally, I have been defending the genre – and the fact that I enjoy reading many books from it – to my friends since high school (a very long time ago). Your article is the first time I saw someone succinctly defend romance novels, while acknowledging that certain (albeit popular) romance writers are far from shining examples of quality writing. I have read so many romance books by wonderful writers, but if the topic ever does come up, people’s points of reference generally boil down to Danielle Steele (and now, I’m sure, 50 Shades of Grey).

    I have never before seen a romance writer fight against this pervasive ignorance of the genre, as opposed to accepting or ignoring it. Your article makes me feel less pressured to defend my choice to write in the genre, and I sincerely appreciate that. I hope you won’t mind my quoting you in a future blog post.

    • annebrowningwalker
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      Definitely not! Make sure to come back and include a link to blog post!

      • Aria Glazki

        Oh wow, your comment reminding me and a recently read ARC inspired kind of a rant-y post, but here it is: http://ariaglazki.blogspot.com/2013/05/what-to-avoid-in-your-romance-novel.html

        I’ve also referenced your article here: http://ariaglazki.blogspot.com/2013/04/oh-you-write-romance.html

        All the best

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