Reading and Writing Romance as a Conscious Dreamer

I am a romantic.

Right to my very core, I am an emotional being who believes in happily ever after. The concept of two people being destined for each other against all odds sets forth butterflies in my stomach. The real world can be cruel and unfair at times, but love adds a dimension of sweetness that never goes away. I remember being little and dreaming of finding a perfect match for myself—I was in love with the very concept of love itself. That’s not to say I was doe-eyed or confused about what falling in love would mean, but I knew that’s what I wanted. I wanted a partner—a best friend.

I’m happy to say that while I write this, my husband and I are preparing to celebrate our fourteen-year anniversary. I found my partner, and he is the inspiration for every love story I ever write. It’s funny how in literature most love stories end when the couple finally gets married, but that has not been my experience. I spent my entire life searching for that ineffable connection with another human being, and I was lucky enough to find him. However, I can tell you from experience that romance didn’t end when we came back from our honeymoon.

One thing I learned about writing romance is that love is an organic process. To me, romance is a verb—an action. I think that’s what I find so interesting, a romance novel isn’t just about the couple ending up together, it's about the general sentiment of hope, happiness, and joy. A romance novel has a distinct feeling that can’t be found in any other genre. There is a lightness and optimism to the romance genre that sends shivers down my spine and a smile to my face.

One of the defining features of the genre is that the characters get a happy ending. I don’t think that just applies to the H/h, it implies that karma is real and that in the end, everything turns out okay. In “romancelandia” the characters take you on a journey with them, showing you how to fall in love again—and how to believe it’s achievable for anyone.

When you’re able to believe in love and happily ever after, it makes you see the world differently. It brings me joy in a way I cannot explain, and I want to share that with everyone.