If you don’t like romance that is fine, but don’t assume the attitude that romance is less than other genres. At a writer’s conference this past summer I introduced myself to the four other people sitting at my table. I was eager to meet other writers. I found out that they were all from the same town and had driven from out of state together to attend the conference. They wrote poetry and were actually in a poetry group together. I like poetry and read it and I told the group that. We were all sitting and chatting being friendly when the lady sitting to my immediate right asked me what I wrote. “Oh, I write romance,” I replied. This lady immediately got a sour look on her face. She haughtily tilted her chin and looked down the length of her nose at me. “I have never read that type of book nor would I write it,” she stated and then she sniffed. I kid you not. She sniffed!
Completely stunned by her rudeness and for a moment speechless, I felt the heat of my embarrassment rise as I looked around the table at the other poetry writers. They ducked their heads.
Why you old biddy, I thought as my temper soared.
Turning back to the lady, I asked as sweetly as I could, “Are you published?” “No,” she replied. “Well I am!” I snapped and then I—Oh, no, you didn’t, you are thinking. Yes, I did and I hate to admit to it—I tilted my chin, looked down my nose at her and I sniffed! (Not my proudest moment) In hindsight of this lady's rudeness, I realized that I should have just responded with "Well that's too bad," and left it at that.
Later that day, the speaker in one of the workshops I attended talked about romance writing. She told the group that if they thought that writing romance was easy to think again. It is hard and yes, there is a story to tell. I was glad to see the poetry writers sitting two rows ahead of me. The gentleman sitting beside me who knew that I wrote romance leaned over toward me and smiled as he teased, “So your stories are not just kissy, kissy, you actually have a plot.” I had to laugh. Yes, my stories have a plot, but within my stories there is always, always a budding romance.
Have a very Merry Christmas, everyone and may you always have romance in your heart. I hope this next year brings you all that you wish for.
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