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Friday, August 11, 2006

What's Wrong with Writing Romance?

Ok, I know this has been discussed before but I can't help but bring it up again.

What's wrong with writing romance?

Since my book just came out, of course I've been "coming out" to my friends and family and letting them know what's going on. And a few of them, even though I know they're not being mean or anything, have said, "Oh, a romance huh?" Like that sucks or something. Even had someone suggest I move on to something else once I get this romance thing out of my blood. WTF?

And when I tell them it's an erotic romance then they're really thrown for a loop! I can understand that, but come on, what's so wrong with writing a romance??

Some of the best books I've ever read have been romances. I enjoy reading romances and I enjoy writing romances. Nothing wrong with writing happy endings, delicious sexual tension and hot sex scenes. It's hard work, but so rewarding! So there.

I feel like a little kid but damn it, we deserve respect! And I don't feel like those who know me and know what I'm doing disrespect me, but I think they want more from me. And maybe this is all I want to give. To be a romance writer. There is nothing wrong with that. At all.

So I'm going to say it again. What the hell is wrong with writing romance?