by Kimberly Keyes
But why? Why scoff at “and they lived happily-ever-after?”
I think, for one thing, people don’t like to look the fool. They don’t want to be caught believing in something that doesn’t exist. Worse, yet, they don’t want to appear vulnerable, as if vulnerability was some kind of crime against nature.
Folks,vulnerability is part of nature.
I recently read a science-based article touting the damaging effects of fairy-tales. The article claimed fairy-tales, think Cinderella and Snow White, too closely link external beauty with a person’s ability to achieve his or her life’s ambitions. I can see the point. The beautiful princess and gallant prince meet, fall in love, and live happily-ever-after.
What of the segment of thinkers who believe romance novels are bad for women? (The ones who make me feel like they want an apology from me for my having the nerve too read and write romance?) They say women who read romance have an unrealistic view of love, and develop too-high expectations for their mates. Sigh. I can admit the heros in romance novels are a tad too good to be true.
So, yes, to a point I do understand what these harbingers of gloom and doom are saying, and recognize there’s some bit of truth layered amongst their warning labels. But on the other hand…Fairy-tales and romance novels are fictional works of art, as in an escape from reality. Do women really not know the difference? Or put another way, is it just to ask women to live always in the nitty-gritty here-and-now reality of life that can be harsh, painful, and down-right cruel?
No. Nope. Shaking my head vigorously.
I read and write romance. I embrace the happily-ever-after—which is really just another way of saying: This love these two characters found together is solid. It will stand the test of time. It will never end.
Bottom line, in my opinion, the importance of the HEA is love.
Love is something we can all use a little (or a lot) more of. Love is a positive in our lives. Love is what’s at the root of the best part of us as humans. What’s more, falling in love feels good!
As a romance author, it is my sacred duty to take you, my reader, on the fall of your life.
To those opposed to reading romance, or to the very existence of the romance novel: I have some science, too.
Those endorphins you feel when you first fall into the yummy soup of love that make you feel giddy and joyful? According to scientists, romance readers get flooded with them—if the author has done her job, i.e. has written emotionally relatable characters who fall deeply in love. In other words, HEA books allow readers to vicariously fall in love along with the characters.
That’s the payoff. Readers know they’re reading a work of fiction. No wonder romance sells! No wonder romance readers are among the most voracious of readers! They’re not fools who can’t tell reality from fantasy. They’re imaginative creatures who have the ability to lose themselves in the art of their choosing—romance novels. I think that makes us pretty darn special.
She writes single title contemporary and historical romance, Victorian era, and is most comfortable working on two books in the two different genres, simultaneously.
The bulk of her time she spends writing, and re-writing, plotting, and dreaming up ways to perplex the characters living inside her head.
She’s lucky to have the unswerving support of her family, and most especially her two faithful companions, Pappillon, a twenty pound rescue puppy from Puerto Rico, and Frank, a.k.a. “President of the Black Dog Club,” also a rescue. The two are constantly by her side offering love and encouragement, and occasionally demanding chewies.
LOVER’S LEAP, a contemporary romance, is her first published book. THE TROUBLE WITH TIGERS, a victorian romance will be released soon, too! Both books are published by The Wild Rose Press.
Connect with Kimberly: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Blog | Goodreads
Kimberly's Newest Release: Lover's Leap
Logan, the nearly-irresistible-to-women photographer, isn’t Eric’s lover. Not now, not ever. He’s in Tahoe licking his own personal wounds, and before he’s allowed near Candace, he’s sworn off of her. No problem. Except...
There’s something about Candace. She’s not simply beautiful and enticingly off-limits. It’s in the way she doesn’t flirt with him. In the way she treats him like he isn’t a shallow pleasure-seeker. In the way, somehow, she brings peace to his world-weary soul.
Too bad she thinks he’s gay. But even if he can clear that hurdle, can he really entrust Candace’s heart to his own haphazard keeping?
Available HERE: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Wild Rose Press