Sunday, September 23, 2018

Falling in Love in One Night? Why Not? My Journey in Romance Writing and Reading by @KarynGerrard #AmWriting

I have to chuckle when I read reviews stating: "This isn't realistic, no one falls in love in one night/first sight." Actually, yes, some people do. In actual real life. It is rare, but it happens.

So why not in a romance story? Why can't the characters fall in love during a short period? One Night? One week? One month?

Speaking as a romance reader, I suspend belief when I read for I believe a lot of romance is steeped in fantasy. The white knight riding up to rescue the damsel in distress. It is not based in any reality, as real life is far more messy and complicated. I read romance to escape, immerse myself in another world, and to get that satisfying happily-ever-after.

Doesn't matter if its a short story, a novella, or a full-length novel, I'm there for the journey. I want to be entertained, moved, and rooting for the characters to overcome obstacles in order reach that HEA. I would never complain about the length of a story, in fact, a short story is a perfect length for that "insta-love" so many roll their eyes at.

I've seen reviews complaining about sex before falling in love. Well, that happens in real life too. Insta-lust can turn to something deeper, why not have it unfold in a romance novel?

As far as historical romance? The old "A duke would never marry a commoner, this is not realistic" argument also fits here. Again, this is fiction. Fantasy. Romance. I can suspend belief, and dukes have married commoners through the ages. Hell, Prince Harry just married one.

So because all these things factor into my reading experience, it has manifested itself in my romance writing. I have written more than one story where the couple fall in love right away, especially in my shorter works. Yes, when I first started out, I wrote short stories and short novellas. I am not a trained writer, I had to begin with smaller word counts. I now write longer pieces with more complicated plots, but I still enjoy creating that journey to the HEA, whether it takes a night, a month, or a year.

You can't please everyone. As a writer, just craft the stories that appeal to you and know right out of the gate not everyone is going to like it. Reviews are soooo subjective. Whether its for a book, movie, or a restaurant. So I will continue to write the romance stories that appeal to me.

Falling in love in one night? Why the hell not?

Go for it. :)


  1. Hey Karyn! I couldn't agree more and I totally believe in the love at first sight for characters and in RL. ;)
    I love the HEA in stories and I think this is one of the things I enjoy writing about too. The journey as well, all the obstacles that one or two characters need to get to through in order be reunited with their one true love.

    Hope you and hubby are doing well. :)

    1. You nailed it exactly! So great to hear from you and hope you and yours a doing well! :)


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