Why Write Romance? (Penny Rader)

Since we've been sharing stories about how we came to be writers, I was wondering if other people write romance for the same reason we do. Here are a few snippets of what I found:

I Write Romance Novels – So What? (Eileen Dreyer)

… I write romance because I like to remind myself (and everyone else. Writers are compelled to make other people listen to them) that I deserve everything I want in a relationship. I deserve to be happy, to be satisfied, to be safe, to be an equal. I deserve to be solvent and for my children to be taken care of.

… we're in the business of hope.

…We romance writers say, "If we just commit to each other, if we work together, we can get through anything."

Interview with Cherry Adair

I'll always write romance because there aren’t enough happy endings in the world. We need something that gives us the opportunity to sit back and relax for those few hours before we dive back into the grit of real life. Romance gives us that and much more. They are the stories we read when we need a respite from our busy lives. The books we turn to when we are sitting by the beside of a loved one in the hospital. Or when we've had one of those days. I want to continue writing stories that can transport my readers somewhere magical, somewhere fun, somewhere where they don't have to do anything more strenuous than put their feet up, sip a cup of tea and hang on for the ride.

Romantic Myths (Annie Grace)

Romance writing has changed my life, and because of it I've made wonderful friends both in Australia and all over the world. I started out thinking it was a way to fund my "real" writing. Now I wouldn't do anything else. I truly love writing and reading romance.

Talking Romance with Christina Dodd

Why romance? For one thing, I like humor. Romance is about the fusion of one man and one woman, and that is intrinsically, hysterically funny. A woman wants things like world peace, a clean house, and a deep and meaningful relationship based on mutual understanding and love. A man wants things like a Craftsman router with attachments, undisputed control of the TV remote, and a red Corvette which will miraculously make his bald spot disappear.

Why Do Writers Write? (Lynne Connolly)

I write because it’s fun.

… I might not always write for publication, though I’m riding this roller-coaster with the most enjoyment. However, it’s not essential to the core of what I do. It’s not why I do it. If I lost all my publishing slots tomorrow (God forbid) I’d still write.
So that’s why I do it. It’s fun.

Why I Love to Writer Romance (Kathryn Lively)

… because of the opportunity to tell a heart-warming story. … Romance in particular does wonders for the soul - it heightens mood and feelings of sensuality which are then transferred to real life. The happier a person become, the better life can be.

… because of the opportunity to create endearing, delightful characters.

… because of the flexibility such stories present.

Why I Write Romance (Molly O’Keefe)

After Mike died, I poured myself into those books. I got lost in every single happy ending. And I found comfort in the idea that no matter how bad things got between those covers it would work out in the end. Even now, worried about my children and finances and the changing world, reading and writing romance novels brings me comfort, escape and a good dose of happy.

Why We Write (Marilynn Byerly)

… occasionally, someone will tell us how much they loved our book, or how that book got them through some terrible hours during a personal crisis such as a dying loved one, or how our books made them understand something about themselves or someone else and how that changed their life for the better.


How about you? I write romance for the same reason I read it: for the emotion, the HEA, comfort and hope. And if I can laugh while doing it, even better.


Reese Mobley said...

Needed a little inspiration today. Thanks, Penny!

Nina Sipes said...

I laughed my fool head off at some of these. They're great!! You always seem to know where the gold is hidden in the stream bed. Thanks!! You made my day.