Guest Post

Why Arianna Hart Writes Happily Ever Afters

My husband is a news junkie. He has the network news on TV and is on his iPad cruising other sites. When something big happens he is glued to the TV.

I hate that.

A lot.

I am not a news junkie. In fact, I would be really happy to only hear the weather report, the sports scores, and how kittens got rescued from trees. That doesn’t mean my head is in the sand or I walk around like Pollyanna, but why go searching for bad news?

I work in a school for kids who have dropped out or have been kicked out of regular school. I teach teen moms, drug dealers, drug addicts, gang members, depressed students, bullied students, and a huge cross section of LGBTQ students who felt they didn’t fit in at their regular high schools. Many of my students are now or have been homeless. Many of them have been abused or neglected by the very people who are supposed to love them the most. This year alone I had 3 students die from drug overdoses.

Trust me when I say, I know the world has bad things in it.

So if we see terrible things happening every day, and doesn’t the bad news get all the attention? Why the heck would I want to pay money to buy a book/see a movie that will make me feel bad? Seriously! If I want to cry, I can look at my checkbook with two daughters in college. If I want to be scared, I can walk into the youngest daughter’s bedroom. (I’m pretty sure milk is not supposed to be solid.) If I’m going to fork over some of my hard earned cash, I want to laugh and I want to feel good when it’s over.

I really do not understand the people who go to movies where everyone dies. A friend of mine at work is a movie buff and he’s always talking to me about these obscure movies and TV shows and trying to get me to watch them, or giving me depressing books to read. We battle regularly about it. He is determined that I need to open my mind. I keep trying to explain to him, my mind is open, I just don’t want to shell out cash to feel bad. I can feel bad for free, thanks all the same.

So, knowing that about me, it will come as no surprise that the books I like to read and write are happy. That doesn’t mean bad things don’t happen, but there will always be a happily ever after. I can’t control the outside world, but I can control the world my characters live in. (Huge cosmic power! Bwahahahaha)

I don’t want to change the world with my writing, I just want to give people a few hours of happy. I work full time, am earning my doctorate, have three children (okay, 2 are driving, but they are still needy), volunteer, and am trying to write another book. I don’t have a lot of extra time, so what spare time I do have, I want it to be spent on enjoyable escapism. I can’t imagine I’m the only person like that out there.

And honestly, if you are sitting in the car waiting for your child to get out of dance/sports/school/whatever the heck they are doing do you really want to cry or would you rather laugh?

I’ll take laughter.

About the author:

Arianna Hart enjoys spending time with her family, reading anything she can get her hands on, and of course writing! She’d love to spend her days on a beach with a drink in one hand and a book in the other, but until she wins the lottery she’ll just have to settle for chasing her girls around the pool.

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