I love romance novels. Don’t hate me (well, you can if you want). I have a romantic soul. I love happy endings. I love cute meets, surprise meets, dangerous meets, first kisses, last kisses—and most of all, I LOVE happy endings.
When I realized I wanted to be a writer, I decided that I would write what they call a traditional romance novel. That is, one that is just about the romance. So I started my story, The Spy Who Kissed Me. Everything was going most romantically, then the hero decided to “meet” my heroine while diving through the sunroof of her car. In hail of bullets.
Before I knew it, I’d written a romantic suspense novel, not the traditional novel I’d envisioned. It was fun. And cathartic, shooting things up, so I stayed with romantic suspense.
Then LIFE HAPPENED. A lot. Yes, I got a blog theme from it (when I finally figured it out), but while it was happening, I found myself penning some mini romances. Not novels. Short stories. I had a little fun playing with some of the familiar romance tropes, such as my version of the arrogant sheik story, Romeo and Juliet with a happy ending, etc. But I never mess with the happy ending trope. No way.
I posted some on my website, others I submitted to some anthologies. More time passed. My former publisher collected them into Romance Stories. Yeah, not the best title ever. Blame me. At the time I was, apparently, brain dead.
When my publisher closed its doors last summer, and I began re-releasing my books, my romance stories got pushed to the bottom of the list as more LIFE HAPPENED. (Funny how it keeps doing that.)
But things have quieted down some (knock on wood), so I’ve been able to turn my attention to my neglected projects. I did some updating about them in my Monday blog post, but didn’t really explain the side trip that became Take a Chance on Me and Let’s Fall in Love (releasing in May).
Have you ever escaped into fiction during challenging times?
If you like to a) tweet and b) custom tweet, then here’s one for you:
“Look behind the curtain 4 why Perilous P wrote un-perilous romance. http://wp.me/p2wY7X-I9 #perilousp #romancecollections”
Pauline Baird Jones
Perilously romantic fiction for armchair adventurers
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