by Mary Karlik
These books are smart, with plots that turn and twist and can take the form of any of the other genres with the added benefit of a happy ending.
But the truth is, the statistics and definitions don’t matter to me.
As a reader, I like knowing that the story will have a happy ending. The thrill is in the journey. It’s watching two people fall in love. It’s falling in love right along with them. It’s that moment when my breath catches in my throat, or tears sting my eyes. It’s that moment when I clap my hands and shout “yes” out loud.
As I writer, I want to create that moment. I believe whole heartedly that no matter how damaged people are, or how much baggage they have, there is a happy ending out there. I want to share that optimism. I write YA romance because the emotions and energy of youth is huge. In Welcome To Hickville High, my heroine, Kelsey Quinn, thinks she is a strong independent woman. She discovers that her “friends” from her old school dictated her actions and opinions. And worse, the guy she thought was her prince charming stole her self-confidence and replaced it with his idea of how she should look and act. I loved writing Kelsey’s discovery of what’s really important in life. The hero, Austin McCoy, didn’t step in and save her. He reflected the positive in her, he believed in her, and he gave her room to believe in herself. But the story isn’t just about her. As Kelsey grows, so does Austin. As they discover their young love, they strengthen each other. To me that’s a big take away for my teen readers. Love is not controlling. It is encouraging and supportive. It makes both people better.
Whether it’s a teenager finding her way in small town Texas, or a faerie saving the people who shunned her, it’s the love they find on their journey that I hope touches my readers.
Simply put, the reason I write romance is because I believe in happy endings.
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