So Why Write Romance?

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I’ve been asked why I write romance, as opposed to other genres, like science fiction. It’s a long sordid story. (Not unlike my novels.) And while it may be a tired old cliche, it’s true nonetheless: Authors write what they know. I’m oftentimes inspired by events in my own life–some big, some small. Sometimes I write about the things I wish for. Other times it’s about things that I wish I could go back and do differently. Most of us read fiction as a means of escape, and as a means to vicariously experience things outside of our own reality. Writing fiction amplifies this vicarious experience by a factor of at least ten.

I wrote The Reunion as a tribute to someone I knew long ago, and never forgot. The idea came to me at a book signing, when I struck up a conversation with another author. Turns out he lives in the same town as my old flame and his wife even knows someone who knows him. It got me to wondering what would happen if, by chance, he ever showed up while I was doing a book signing? That question is explored in The Reunion, and the leading character, Ian Palmer, is based on the man I once knew.

The Deception was inspired by another chapter of my own life. I once met a man who I thought was single, and a mutual friend thought he was single too. Turned out he wasn’t, so I quickly backed off. I’ve since met a number of other women who’ve had the same experience, and even once knew a man who was shocked to discover his girlfriend was a married woman. It’s an all-too-common occurrence  for many of us. The Deception is the story of a decent women who unknowingly becomes involved with a married man. It’s purpose is to demonstrate that the “other woman” isn’t always a home-wrecker because people who cheat will also lie.

My soon-to-be-released novel, The Journey, was inspired by my first husband, who was once the a victim of a violent crime. Jeremy, the leading man, strives to claim his life back and make himself whole again. Unfortunately, my ex used the event as an excuse to play the victim game and as a means to manipulate others. (One of the many reasons why he is now my ex-husband.) Hopefully most crime victims are more like Jeremy. Look for The Journey to be released later on in the year.

I’m in the early planning stages for my fourth novel, The Betrayal. Adultery is once again the theme. This time the leading lady is the wife who was cheated on, and the other woman will be someone close to her.  This novel is inspired by a story once told to me by an old boyfriend, who said he came home early one day and caught his (now ex) wife in the act.

My inspiration comes from everywhere and everyone. It seems I’ve had a rather interesting life.

MM