I write romance books. Which means I kind of experience Valentine’s Day just about everytime I sit down at the computer to write. That feeling of a new love, a first kiss, the possibility that someone is as smitten with you as you are with them, those are the feelings everyone wants to experience on Valentine’s Day and as a romance writer (one who’s been married for over 20 years) I get to experience those things almost every day as I write. I create that feeling for characters I made up and I often think of them, and that moment where I got all the feels as I wrote them. I fall in love as they do, with all the characters. I have so many book boyfriends, it’s not even funny.
There are people out there who will tell you romance books aren’t true literature (ugh… don’t get me started on these people). They’ll call it ‘fluff’, I’ve even had a few fabulously ridiculous reviewers say exactly that about my own book (mind you, they bought AND read the ‘fluff’).
Did you know that falling in love does the same thing to our brains that cocaine or powerful narcotics do? It’s no wonder we at times become addicted to it. Love actually affects your brain and your body. It can leave you breathless or even broken in both real life and on the pages of a novel. Everyone is looking for love whether they want to admit it or not. It’s one of those things that we as human beings have to have. People fear it’s lost in long-term relationships and they search for it. People lose it, and they long for it. As a romance writer, I create that for readers and I don’t consider it any less important than any other genre out there. I make people feel good with romances and happily-ever-afters. If I can make just one person forget the pain in their life, and close my books with a smile, and possibly that overwhelming feeling of a new love, then I’ve done my job. I’m a hopeless romantic, with a sense of humor, so bringing that to readers is something I adore.
You don’t need Valentine’s Day to feel what romance writers create every day. You can read a romance book and do it proudly. Maybe it’s considered ‘fluff’ to some (although, they still read them… I’ll never understand complainers) but the feeling we create, is the same one people all over the world are hunting for on every single day of the year, including Valentine’s.
So, I hope you’ll fall in love with a hero or heroine in a book this Valentine’s Day. But watch out, once you fall in love with a romance book, you might just be addicted… (Love is, after all, similar to a narcotic.)
Tell me in the comments below, who is your favorite book boyfriend?