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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Guest Blog: Elaine Cantrell: Why Are You Reading Romance?

Writing is so much fun. If you’re thinking of writing a book, one of the first things you’ll need to do is pick a genre. I picked romance. Out of all the genres out there, why did I pick romance? Lots of people write romance.

Well, I picked it for several reasons. I think that first of all, most folks are fighting some kind of battle in their lives. Maybe they’re in a relationship that went bad, and they’ve lost the one they love. Whether it was by divorce, death, or just walking away, it tears a huge hole in someone’s heart. Maybe the problem is health-related. Someone has to accept that there are now limitations placed on them. Have you ever dealt with unemployment? How do you feed your children with no paycheck? My romances always have a happy ending which gives us hope that tomorrow things will be better. We can believe that ‘this too shall pass.’

Remember what happened at the end of Gone With the Wind? Scarlett lost Rhett and collapsed in tears, but then she decided to go home to Tara where she can think of a way to get Rhett back. Human beings are designed to hope.

I also think that romances possibly satisfy our craving for justice. In the real world, things don’t always end happily. Children are abused, the missing teen is never found, or our possessions are stolen. In the vast majority of romances you know the bad guys are going to get what’s coming to them. My heroes and heroines sometimes face determined villains, but you can rest easy in the knowledge that the bad guys will never win. My new mainstream romance Blue 52 addresses my hero’s craving for justice.

Last, I write romance because I’m a romantic at heart. I just adore a good love story that makes my heart race and my breath quicken.

Readers, what about you? Why do you read romance? Leave a comment and tell me what you think.

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Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina where she obtained a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators, Romance Writers of America, and EPIC authors. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest. When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys movies, quilting, reading, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments.

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Rose Anderson said...

Enjoyable post, Elaine. Thanks for joining us today. I read romance because I like happy ever afters. :)

Sandy said...

Hi Elaine,
Yes, we have eternal hope for something better. Your story sounds intriguing.

Cara Marsi said...

Elaine, I read romance for the same reasons you state. Romances are uplifting and life-affirming. We need that in this world with all the sadness around us. I want to believe in second chances and happily-ever-after. And I've always been a sucker for a good love story. Your book sounds terrific. Thanks for joining us today.

Melissa Keir said...

Like you, I love to believe in the happily ever after. Life is hard enough and no matter what we do, sometimes things don't work out how we'd like. With romance, I can guarantee that I'm going to be happy at the end!

jean hart stewart said...

I couldn't write a story that ends unhappily. Enough of that is real life. We all have to dream

Elaine Cantrell said...

Ladies, thank you for your comments. I'm so glad that other people think the same way I do. Happy Holidays to all of you.

Elaine Cantrell said...

Ladies, thank you for your comments. I'm so glad that other people think the same way I do. Happy Holidays to all of you.

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