Why do you write romance?
I’ve been asked this question over and over again. At the beginning I was thinking very hard, why I decided to write romance. But then again – another question popped up in my mind:
To be able to answer both these questions, I need to return back in time.
My mum was/is a great storyteller. She knew how to enliven the characters, the scenery… everything. I still love to listen to her childhood stories.
However I was somewhat a peculiar child.
I didn’t want to learn how to read. I loved stories and loved it when my mum read them to me, but to learn how to read – no… Not a chance. My teacher was confused how I was able to ‘read’ in the class if I was given to read a story from the beginning, but was unable to read a word if I was chosen to read in the middle of the story. When she pointed that out to my mum, my mum quickly realised I have a very good memory. You see, when she read to me, she was always pointing with her finger what and where we were in the story. And that was a great camouflage for me in school…
But – at the end… I learned how to read, with her the non-repressive guidance.
When I was ‘old’ enough (read – when I read all the books in the children’s section of our town’s library) to be let into an adult area at the age of twelve or maybe thirteen, a whole new world was laid in front of me.
Books, stories… a seventh heaven for a bookworm like me.
And around that age I discovered romance novels. I read it all, but I preferred historical romance. Authors like; Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, Jean Plaidy (yes I know that is the same person) and Kathleen E. Woodiwiss were my favourites. I read most of their books. So many were on my bookshelves before I borrowed them and people never returned…
So, it was no wonder when I considered to write a story (a novella) it was a romance. Not an historical one, which might come as a surprise, but a pure romance nevertheless.
I had my arguments with my Slovene teacher about my writing, through all my high school. I barely managed to get a D- for my creative writings. It was a shock for me after splendid A’s in my primary school.
At that time I decided when I send my first submission to the magazine, to a use pen name. When it was published and the critique came back really positive, I knew I was right that my teacher really hated me. Personally. I never knew why, and till this day, I have no clue what I did wrong.
However, writing became my relaxation. And writing romance was/is a relaxation squared. It’s the time I can shut the real word out and live a happy (or not so happy for some time) life of my characters. It doesn’t matter, I know it’s going to be HEA at the end.
So, why am I writing romance?
Perhaps because I have experienced life and the world itself can sometimes be an ugly place and they need some colourful paint on, until they change.