Blog Versary: Lynn Kelling Author Post & Giveaway
Why I Write Romance
It’s a question I’ve gotten a lot, and which I’ve run through my mind often. Why write romance? The quick answer is that it’s what calls to me. But… why?
My answer is a personal one, but which I think fits a broader understanding of the genre, its writers, and its readers.
In our world, our lives, the ultimate story is one of love versus fear. This is true no matter the particular subject. It’s a description that fits every book, every journey, and every tale ever written. Does the hero/heroine follow their heart, or give in to their terrors? This goes for every other genre, too—drama, science fiction, historical works, fantasy, comedy… you name it. Love contains hope, faith, dreams, wishes, and wants. Fear enfolds everything we dread, everything that might harm, disasters, misfortune and unfairness. The push and pull between them is the story of the ages. We fight that battle every day, every moment, in our own hearts, minds, and lives. When we read stories, we’re living vicariously through the characters. We safely explore our fears in a controlled way.
Likewise, stories show us all types of people chasing their wildest dreams, no matter how the odds might be stacked against them. When they win, it’s proof there’s hope for us too. When they lose, we see the lesson in the loss, which strengthens and drives the dreamer on to try again, and again, even if its seems foolish or pointless. Because hope lingers everywhere, in every situation. It’s the unquenchable spark that smolders in darkness, tempting with countless possibilities.
Why do I write romance?
Because romance is love. It encompasses all other genres, all types of tales. It’s there in drama and comedy, in other worlds, other times, and all the impossible places we might want to visit. Love is tragedy and victory. Love is growth, revelation, bravery and kindness. Love is everywhere if we know to look for it.
For me, there is no reason to write about history or trips through space, or creatures with amazing abilities, coming-of-age dramas or mysteries unless there is love there too. Love should be celebrated. It should be brought out to the front. It should be wrapped around every moment to warm them and help them shine.
Honestly, I don’t want to read a story unless there’s someone within it whose heart is touched, broken, healed, or revived. If there’s no heart, there’s no life. There’s only coldness and emptiness.
As a writer, I look for love. My favorite kind is when it’s unlikely and rare. When the odds are against our hero, and there seems no chance for them to find what they know they need. When love waits in the most unlikely of places to be discovered and given a chance to transform everything it touches. When it’s looked for endlessly with little success, until it’s realized it was hiding there, within, all along. We just needed to feel it to find it.
Every day in my life, I look for love. I hold onto it, while choosing to let go of fear. Fear is the illusion. It’s smoke and shadow without substance. It fools and condemns. Through my characters, I encourage the wisdom of hope and fearlessness. I look for that spark, smoldering, giving it air to feed on and grow, helping it to burn bright and shameless, banishing all shadows.
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