I’ve loved reading romance since my early teens, and I often finish a book in one sitting even if I have to sacrifice a few hours of sleep to get to the last page. So what do I get from reading all those books?
Here are the top three things that reading romance novels continue to give me:
Reading romance books makes me happy, plain and simple. It’s one of my favorite forms of entertainment. I love reading about two people going through difficult challenges to get their happily-ever-after. It’s a form of escape that I can experience wherever and whenever I want, especially since I don’t mind reading on my phone, which I always have with me.
Oh, yes, I’ve cried with the characters many times. Years ago, there was a particular scene in a book (unfortunately I can’t remember the title of it now) that brought me to tears each and every time I read it. The scene was about the hero losing all hope that the heroine could ever have feelings for him. He’d believed he could never win her heart.
I was hurting at the time, but I didn’t want to admit to myself exactly how much. That book was there to help me let it all out. I found myself opening up the pages to that scene just to have that cathartic experience.
I once shared with a close friend that I wondered if I’m giving enough service to people with my job of writing romance novels. (Yeah, I was having one of those moments, lol!) She told me that when she reads my books, she gets a feeling of hope.
Looking back, the many romance novels I’ve read also gave me hope–lots of it. During the times when I was feeling unwanted or rejected, reading about a couples’ difficult journey towards their happily-ever-after helped me to see that it wasn’t the end of the world, that my true happiness was yet to come, that someone out there was waiting to love me for who I am. (And he did find me! I’ve been married to my soulmate for twelve years now.)
Not only that, but reading about loss, lies, betrayal and danger happening to the characters also reminded me that I wasn’t the only one coping with life’s challenges, which somehow made it easier for me to dust myself off and get back on my feet. Sure, the stories I was reading were fiction, but it wasn’t a stretch for me to believe they could be happening in real life because of the wonderful writing talents and skills of the authors.
So those are my top three reasons why I love reading romance novels. And now, as a writer of such books, I’m humbled that I can pay it forward.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Miranda P. Charles is the author of more than eighteen steamy and stirring contemporary romance novels.
She prefers to spend her time in front of her laptop, putting into words the love stories that play in her head. Don’t get her started with reading a great book, though, because she has the tendency to not put it down until she gets to the last page.
She does have a life outside of books. Mostly, that consists of bonding with family and friends or going on romantic trips with her awesome husband (who, thankfully, puts up with her hermit-like daily routine). Oh, yeah, there’s also the housework. But she really wishes someone else could do that for her so she could get back to her books!
She lives in the beautiful city of Sydney, Australia. Miranda would love to connect with you!
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