Thursday, February 19, 2015

Falling in Love with Love

by Sierra Donovan

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"Falling in love with love is falling for make believe...."

I've got to admit, that line has kept popping up in my head ever since our blog decided to go with a "Falling in Love" theme for the month of February. Mind you, I'm not complaining. Having Frank Sinatra singing in my head is reason enough for just about anything.

But while things quickly go awry for the person in the song, it seems to me that falling in love with love is what we romance writers do for a living. Again, no complaints! There's a real joy in dreaming up two characters who quickly take on a life of their own in my head, then gently steering them -- or, more often, poking and prodding them -- toward their happily-ever-after.

To quote another Sinatra song: "Nice work if you can get it."

I love being able to do this job, and I love creating that falling-in-love experience for readers. Because, of course, I'm a bit of a romance reader myself. It's a fun, guilt-free form of serial monogamy, falling for one hero after another.

And something I've noticed in this month's blog entries? Lots of stories from Classic & Cozy authors about the way they found the love of their life. A lot of those relationships have gone on for 20 or 30 years, or more.

I don't have any statistics to back me up, but it seems to me we're on to something. Dream of happily-ever-after ... watch others do so ... repeat ...  live happily ever after?

Of course it isn't that easy.

But my un-scientific evidence suggests ... it's a great place to start.


  1. Falling in Love with Love is such a pretty song. Thanks for reminding me of it, Sierra. Of course, now I'll be humming it all day. Not a bad thing, though. As for your un-scientific study, I think you're right. Most of the time, we find what we're looking for in life. Nice post.

  2. Sierra - You're right that it's a great place to start. After that it takes work, patience and perseverance, among other things, but it's still worth the effort.

  3. Funny. Did anyone see the news blurb about the erotic romance author who divorced her husband because he couldn't live up to her fictional heroes? I wondered if it was more a publicity stunt, but who can tell? For us, though, where relationship is the key to a good story, we probably have a better grasp on what makes love work.

  4. Hi Sierra--
    Interesting observations. I think most if not all romance writers (and readers) are in love with love :-)