Why do authors write? I can’t speak for others, but I write because I can’t help myself. ☺ Writing is an addiction and apparently there is no Twelve-Step program for authors. Even if there were, I wouldn’t want to participate. What’s wrong with that?
I love writing. As I pour my heart out in a book, I have a sense of accomplishment. Even when writing is difficult, I love the art. Of course, I’m human and enjoy when readers tell me they enjoyed my work. If no one saw my writing, however, I would continue to write in some form.
And to those who say romance fiction is fluff, I say again, what’s wrong with that? (Picture me with my hands on my hips and a confrontational expression on my face.) I don’t write to solve the crisis in the Middle East or to end world hunger. Those tasks are worthy but not ones I can tackle.
I write for readers who want to escape their problems or exhaustion for a few hours reading something entertaining that ends with a happily-ever-after. No matter what troubles weigh down the reader, he or she can be encouraged to know that seemingly unsolvable problems do work out for the better. And if his or her problem is one that cannot be solved—such as the approaching death of a loved one—reading a romance temporarily distracts the reader from the sadness facing him or her.
Again I ask, what is wrong with that? Nothing, at least in my opinion. Many times authors receive an email from a reader in which the reader explains a tragic situation and says, “I couldn’t have made it through without the help of your books.” To me, that is as valuable as any momentous award. Knowing something I wrote helped another survive a difficult time is heartwarming and personally rewarding.
Romance authors sell hope in a neat package of e-book or print. We will never win a Pulitzer, but we give countless readers a brief escape into another world where good triumphs over evil and love lasts forever. I am grateful to be a part of the romance industry both as a writer and as a reader. What’s wrong with that?
My latest foray into writing is GRANT ME THE MOON in the 8-book contemporary western anthology, COME LOVE A COWBOY.
All Tory Fraser intended was to show her high school history club students a local archeology dig. How could she know the excursion would involve a murder? Or that one of her students would be suspected as the killer? And she had no idea she would meet the man of her dreams.
Grant Grayson has taken over management of Grayson Ranch near Post, Texas to give his grandfather a less arduous schedule. A flash flood washed away an old talus slope on the ranch to reveal a prehistoric cave that is a Clovis site. Being a good citizen, he invited the nearest large university archaeology department to excavate the cave. When a gorgeous blonde high school teacher asks his permission to take her students to the site, how can he deny her? Especially when he is instantly attracted to her as he’s never been to anyone.
Tory and Grant are drawn in to the investigation to clear her student but unintentionally make themselves a target. Now they must evade the killer to celebrate their new found love.
Buy Link on Amazon: B01D5876UK
Author bio and links:
Caroline Clemmons is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author of historical and contemporary western romances. A frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, she has taught workshops on characterization, point of view, and layering a novel.
Caroline and her husband live in the heart of Texas cowboy country with their menagerie of rescued pets. When she’s not indulging her passion for writing, Caroline enjoys time with family, reading, travel, antiquing, genealogy, and getting together with friends. Find her here:
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