Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Why I Write Romance

A Guest Post by Christine Warner, author of Some Like it in Handcuffs

I actually was doing my daily blog round the other day and came across this question when another author was being interviewed:

Why do you write romance?  Why not another genre?

Such simple questions, but they stopped me in my reading tracks and I had to ponder the questions myself.

I started reading romance at a pretty young age.  My sister and the two neighbor girls came across a bag of Harlequin romances.  I don’t remember how, if they belonged to their mother, our mother, or we picked them up at a neighborhood garage sale, or maybe their grandmother or ours tossed ‘em our way.  That’s neither here nor there, the point is that summer we received a wrinkled, brown paper bag of books and we devoured them.  

We’d sit outside on the trampoline and read passages aloud to each other until the light faded from the sky.  We’d read them alone, on rainy days, before bed, in between swims in the pool.  That summer opened up a whole new world to me.  

I discovered The Happily Ever After and I was in LOVE!!!

I became an addict, a junkie to that tingly feeling in the pit of my stomach as I neared the end of the book.  All the conflict and challenges and questions answered.  I flipped the pages faster and faster until I finally understood why the hero did what he did, said what he said, or the moment I got why the heroine took the blame or refused to speak up to justify something she said or did.  The situations were so emotional.  I had tears in my eyes several times, a lump in my throat, anger burning in my chest for the injustice suffered, the misunderstandings and the near misses of discovering love.

Then I’d rip through the pages, dying to see how they resolved their dilemmas and would reach that pivotal scene.  In the final chapter all was explained and a sigh of relief escaped.  That gooey shiver of happiness as the hero and heroine came together, confessed their love and the world’s axis tilted to the correct angle.  

Sometimes that feeling stayed for hours, days, weeks…until another spine in a different book was broken and I got the chance to fall in love with a new adventure in romance.

I LOVE that happiness.  And I write romance because I want to share those feelings with readers.

Sunny Kennedy, the only female in a family of blue blood male detectives, is determined to prove testosterone isn’t the only qualification required to solve a cold case. Handcuffed while undercover then taken to the precinct by an attractive detective, her domineering family demands she work with Detective Judson Blackwolf, or she’s off the case.

Judson Blackwolf thinks women in law enforcement should work behind the scenes. The prospect of working with his Captain’s sexy daughter doesn’t thrill him. He only agrees in hopes of solving the murder of his one time mentor’s daughter. Once the case is over, he’s moving to Montana to heal his wounds from the loss of his last partner.

But when their investigation takes a dangerous turn, Sunny and Jud soon realize their feelings for each other cannot be denied.

Find the ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at the Wild Rose Press.

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Callie said...

Hey Christine (she waves),

You're all over the place, girlfriend. For those of you who come after me, be aware Some Like it in Handcuffs is a fabulous book. You'll love it. Pick up your copy today, before they run out. lol. Best of luck, Christine.

Neecy said...

So true, I read as well for the happily ever after. Let's face it, real life can be a struggle and the last thing I want to read is a sad ending.

Cheryl Yeko said...

You are correct, Callie. Hard to keep track of her!! LOL.

Some Like it in Handcuffs was a great read!

Good Job, Christine.


blcsdina said...

Great interview! Good luck with your book! Dina Rae

Tina Glasneck said...

What a great post! Love, at any age, always makes an impact. I understand why during that summer Romance grabbed your attention and never let go. Thanks for sharing your story!

christine warner said...

LOL Thanks Callie, Denice and Cheryl...glad you came by!

Thanks for the well wishes Dina...I'm loving the journey so far!

And Tina, thanks for the support and dropping in. You're right, love at any age has an impact :)

Ceri Hebert said...

Oh Harlequin! Where would we be without them! I adored them, and the older ones are still a guilty pleasure. I wish I had some of my old favorites. I always tried to read the ones set in Australia and Scotland.

Writing for Harlequin was always my goal. I'd still love to do it.

Great blog, Christine!

Ally Broadfield said...

I couldn't agree more. I read to escape from reality, so I'm looking for that HEA that doesn't always exist in real life.

christine warner said...

Hi Ceri...I love HQ, still do...they are a quick, satisfying read :)

And Ally, you are so right. It's nice to escape from 'real' life for awhile inside the pages of a good book.

Thanks for coming by ladies!

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

HEA's...ya gotta love 'em. Great post, hon. Your book is waiting patiently on my Kindle. A little smoke wafts our from time to time, so I know it's going to be a good read.

Nancy Jardine Author said...

Yep! Those happy endings are addictive. That little bit of escapism can mean so much to a lot of readers, depending on where they might be 'sitting' on the love chart.

Karyn Good said...

Oh, that sounds like an ideal way to spend a summer, Christine. I love reading about that journey towards a happily-ever-after and the satisfied feeling you have at the end. Misery lit leaves me, well, miserable. And who needs that. Some Like It In Handcuffs sounds like a great book. I'll have to add it to my TBR pile!

Lynne Marshall said...

Hi Christine!
I'm with you, I love the promise of the romance genre. I believe it gives readers hope that things, no matter how bad, can somehow work out.

We don't get nearly enough positive reinforcement like that in real life - so I think that may be why the romance genre is so amazingly popular!

Brenda said...

I have your book, now I just need to finish reading the other books on my list that are ahead of yours, lol. Yep, I'm OCD.

Christine, I feel the same way you do about romance novels. And yeah, I write them because I want to make readers feel that same feeling other authors have made me feel over the years. LOL, it's like a drug!

christine warner said...

Hi Vonnie, hope you enjoy reading Some Like it in Handcuffs! Thanks for purchasing it :)

Nancy, those HEA's are awesome for sure!

So happy to hear you like the sounds of Some Like it in Handcuffs Karyn! Thanks for your support :)

Lynne...that's the wonderful thing about books, you can choose how you want to spend your day and determine how your day will be shaped. Might be a bit of hiding my head in the sand at times, but you need that from time to time!

Thank you ladies for your support and stopping by to comment. It means the world to me :)

christine warner said...

Hi Brenda! Don't worry about being OCD...I tend to get that way to...kind of drives ya nuts at times doesn't it? lol

Glad you feel the same way about HEA's as I do...and you are so right, it is like a drug!

Glad you dropped by!

Kristina Knight said...

I read for the happily ever after. It's why I write, too. I figure there is enough heartbreak in the real world - why can't we escape that for a little while and live vicariously in a world where happy endings not only happen but are encouraged. :)

Melissa Fox said...

Yes! That's exactly why I read and write romance - that tingly high, the wistful hope, the falling in love, anticipation of that first kiss, first touch high...mmm. And, of course, the HEA. Love it! Looking forward to reading yours.

christine warner said...

Hi Kristi and Melissa...glad you ladies feel the same. And Melissa...you described that high perfectly! Love it!

Unknown said...

This is exactly the reason I write and read romance.... Great article, Christine.

Victoria Adams said...

It's all about the happily ever after.

Great post.

Calisa Rhose said...

I can't think of any better reason to write romance, Christine. I'm so glad you discovered that tingly feel and never lost it. :)

christine warner said...

Hi Sara, Victoria and Calisa..so glad you ladies get that same feeling as me. And so glad I discovered my love of reading romance at a young age, it's only enhanced my feelings for writing and reading romance.

Sharon Cullen said...

My husband always asks me why I read romance. "You know how it's going to end," he says.

"It's not how it ends," I tell him. "Its the journey to the ending that I love."

christine warner said...

Great answer Sharon!

Thank you for coming by!

Anne Holly said...

Holy Hannah! The blog comments exploded while I wasn't looking!

Thanks for visiting, Christine, and bringing your posse.

Love to see conversation taking place. =)

Katherine said...

Wow, Christine, you put into words everything I've ever tried to say when explaining why I read and write romance. Thanks for articulating it so well.

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