After years of fits and starts and shoving the idea to the back of mind as I waited for that elusive “right time”, I started writing romance novels full time a few years ago. And of course, when I did, friends and family asked “why romance novels?”
It’s a long and convoluted answer that would take a few hours and several bottles of wine to answer.
A more important question could be “what does reading romance novels do for me?” I admit, I am a voracious reader and I still love romance novels. The queens of my world are descended from Rosemary Rogers, Kathleen Woodiwiss, and Bertrice Small. Ah, the good old fashioned bodice ripper with Fabio on the cover! And trying to hide the cover of the book you were reading in order to fend off uncomfortable discussions.
Things are a bit different now. Electronic readers have done away with the need to hide, bodice rippers on the covers have become ripped bods, and there is a veritable plethora of sub-genre romance readings from which to choose.
But did you know there are benefits to reading what I’m laying down? Oh, yes indeed.
According to Glenn Croston Ph.D. of Psychology Today, reading romance novels can make you happy. Dr. Croston writes “Stories like this can be reassuring, and train our mind to have positive expectations. And when we have positive expectations about the world, we tend to be happier.”
So, read a romance novel. Or three, or three dozen. After all, I want you to be happy.
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