I’m going to guess that most of us who read this blog are writers and readers of the romance genre. I know I am. The adventure, the emotion, and the connections found in romance novels are magnifying. And while the relationships are its draw, it’s not the only reason the genre has so much to offer.
I got snagged into the genre when I first started college. I was (and still am) an avid fantasy and horror reader but my well was running dry. I wanted something different. Not only different but a story where a woman was more than just an after thought. After some late night binge studying, I surfed through Amazon, trying to find my next book fix. Since I had never once read romance, I clicked on that link and found my first ever romance read, a medieval historical.
I was addicted ever since.
What drew me in was the female characters. Almost every time I pick up a romance novel, I’m treated to a heroine who is more than just arm candy or a prize to be won. In romance, a woman is allowed to choose their own destiny and relationships. They were more than just a pretty face, they were important, free thinking, and just as vital to the story as the hero was. That empowered me, made me realize that yes, I was more than just a supporting role. I could be so much more. For me, that was so strange, so exciting that I had to read more.
Eventually I wrote my own stories, wanting to share those same feelings with others through my heroines. I hope to make that same connection with readers and inspire that same empowerment.
So please, share you story in the comments section. Who brought you into romance? What do you love about the genre? Why do you write and/or read it?
We would love to hear your story!