by Danica Winters
As a romance author, I often get asked why people choose to read romance novels. (Oddly enough, the question usually comes from non-readers.) My answer is always the same; people love romance novels because of their ability to create an escape from the world around them.
Over the last year however, I have found that there something so much deeper than that, there is so much more to offer from a romance novel than simply escape. Just in the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity and time to read a stack of novels ranging from sci-fi to historical to humor and what I found, and was reminded of, was the fact that romance is an entirely different experience. It delves into everyday issues, confusing feelings, and the reality of a woman’s plight in a way no other genre really can—and it makes us feel not so alone.
It’s easy in this world of tech, social media, and emails to be surrounded by people, thoughts, and feelings and yet still feel isolated. I’ve been hearing from my fans more and more that this is often the case for them, and I know this can often be the case for me as well. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in my work, writing, and family life that the world around me just becomes a series of movements.
Yet, when I delve into the pages of a great romance novel, I reconnect. I remember what it is to feel, and to be a part of something new, fresh, and thought-provoking. It also reminds me, with every single romance novel I read, that people can change. I sometimes find that I argue people are who they are, but a romance novel constantly proves that, through love, anything is possible.
Though women are the most voracious readers of romance, I’m finding more and more men are coming to our world of romance for the same reasons. Some men are finding themselves at the same crossroads. Instead of needing escape, I think people are needing to reconnect.
It is my goal that my readers find exactly what they need in my books—whether it be escape or reconnection. I also want everyone who opens my books to see that even in the darkest of times, there is always the light that is hope; more, that love can help us become the best versions of ourselves, love can help us change, love can help us grow, and love can be there for us always.
Maybe I’m simply a romantic at heart, but I know this desire will never change. I will always be an author who wants to bring joy to my readers. I will always want my books to act in my stead as a friend and as something that reminds us that we are not alone.
So, I ask you, why do you think people love romance novels? Do you agree or disagree with my thoughts that people come to romance novels with a need to reconnect?
Last question, what are you reading?
Feel free to connect with me on social media and chat. I would love to hear your thoughts. You can find me on Twitter @DanicaWinters or on Facebook www.Facebook.com/DanicaWinters
I hope you get the chance to reconnect with the world thanks to my newest release, Wild Montana.
Wishing you the happiest of reading,
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