Why I Write Romance:
I write romance because I love the genre. I read my first romance novel in junior high and have been hooked ever since. Romance has it all: a chance to escape, adventure, struggle, angst, tenderness, sexytimes (in all varieties), as well as knuckle-biting how-will-they-work-it-out endings. Even though we know love wins in the end, wondering how those characters will be able to be together captivates me. Yay! And, of course, I do this whenever I watch television or see a movie too. I’m a total shipper, shamelessly so. Romance is it for me.
I’ve loved fairy tales since I was little. Rapunzel is my all-time favorite. Nowadays, I’d much rather she take more of an active role in escaping her tower. When considering what type of romantic stories I wanted to write, fairy tales were a great fit. (*cough, they had a resurgence a few years ago as well as a hit tv show.) While I don’t write fairy tales, I do use certain elements, namely magic, in my fantasy romance stories.
Other Elements of My Writing:
I’m also passionate about social justice. If you follow me on social media this is not new information. 😉 I try to incorporate such themes in my writing.
In my day job I use lots of empathy. I absolutely employ that for my characters. I really want to try to understand how they would feel and think in certain situations, and what kinds of things motivate them (to take action). I’m often upping the stakes for my characters, pushing them to their limits. (Not something I’d recommend IRL.) Still, I love a story that moves me–and bonus if it makes me laugh. Those are certainly my goals when I’m writing too.
A Bit About My Personal Life:
I live in the Midwest with my awesome husband, three wonderful kids, and three cats. In my spare time, I love dancing, baking, reading, Real Housewives, and the occasional excel spreadsheet.
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