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As a romance author, February tends to be a pressurized month for me. It’s the time of year when you can’t move outside your house for fear of being slapped in the face by ferociously pink plastic hearts. I feel like I’m supposed to enjoy that sensation, or, you know, at least market with it.

I do acknowledge the silliness behind memorializing, in gilt and silk flowers, the church gloss-over of a pagan fertility ceremony. Or, alternate option, celebrating the painful death of a Saint who kept letting Roman soldiers get married against the law. Yeah, put like that it does seem a bit off.



Still, all commercialization aside, I do enjoy Valentine’s Day. No, really. And the Insecure Writer’s Support Group prompt for this month is appropriately themed around the exact reasons I enjoy it.

As always, go check out the co-hosts for this month and show them some appreciation:

Stephen TrempPat GarciaAngela WooldridgeVictoria Marie Lees, and the always excellent Madeline Mora-Summonte

The question for this red-dipped glitter month is: What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

The answer is, my favorite part is writing a love story.

I’ve always been a sucker for a good romance. Some people enjoy demon clown things that drag kids into sewers, I love the twists and turns of the human heart, combined with a good big dash of happily ever after.

To be honest I like IT, as well, it’s a fantastic, freaky novel. Different days, different moods.

Anyway. I love writing in this genre because if I could, I would give everyone in the world a happy ending. Since I can’t, I write them.

The possibilities are endless. Different personalities, unique character flaws, definitions of love, expressions of trust. Every period of history is open to tinker with, if I feel like it. I get to play around with each separate element, and then bring it all together to a happy conclusion. It’s like being a chef with an endless, self-supplying pantry full of the best ingredients in the world.

Real life doesn’t end happily, so I love writing books that do. Escapism? You bet. Fluffy smut? Definitely. I feel like there are enough terrible realities in the world already without me writing true-to-life fiction about them. Plenty of other authors do that, and do it well. I’m happy in my love story niche, writing away.

Even if you don’t write romance, do you have a favorite love story? Tell me in the comments, I’d love to hear what it is.



Featured image via & maria shanina