Today has been a tumultuous day in world politics and we’ve been left, along with many others, feeling slightly shocked, a little horrified and mostly sad. This has made us both think about why we write romance rather than some other genre.
After a bit of thought and discussion, it comes down to two things: hope and happy ever after. Bad things happen or have happened to our characters, who in the main are good people. Their lives are not all sunshine and light. We challenge them by putting them in uncomfortable situations which we know will help them grow and which make them a more fully realised character. No matter how grim things get, we always have in the back of our minds that at the end of the story, there will be a happy ever after. There is always hope for us as writers, and for our readers.
And so, at the end of the day, it turns out we want to be happy and we want our readers to be happy and to all have some happiness in our lives.
It’s a good day to be reminded of this, as Caro has just started a new job AND moved house, and I am in the midst of interviewing (and being rejected) for a new job, all of which is a little stressful. We’ve been a bit lax about our writing, and neither of us has really had the energy to be creative, but we need to get cracking! We have competition deadlines looming and excitingly are over 70,000 words and have just printed out our first draft so we can find the gaps, write connecting scenes and do a harsh edit.
We hope you enjoyed last month’s teaser for Out of the Shadows, and we’ll give you a little more from time to time.
We’re also curious to know why you read romance. Is it because you read anything? Or because you love romance? Or is it just because you know us and want to support us by reading our books? Let us know in the comments and as always, thanks for reading!