I'm going to say it out loud.
I. AM. A. ROMANCE. WRITER.
I have to admit. This reality did not come easily for me for a few reasons. Partly because I do not read a lot of books that would be categorized as traditional romance. I find myself gravitating mostly toward historical fiction where the main plot is a non-romantic theme but there is still a romantic thread...but it is not the main theme. Part of my resistance has also been from years of talking about writing novels and people (mostly men) instantly use this sappy tone and say, "you write romance" and make it sound shallow and even immoral.
Well, I'm here to say, I write romance and it isn't shallow or immoral. There may be a time when I write in a different genre, but for now, I write romance...and, yes, the Amish believe in love, romance, and physical affection.
First, when I began dreaming up Promise to Return the romance plot was simply organic. Miriam and Henry have a love story and I was blessed enough to be their author.
But the main reason is that I had to embrace the beauty of writing romance because I've been romanced by my Creator and my husband. Those two romances have been the most pivotal relationships in my life and will always be.
I know the romance between two young people is not a mystery...in my case, my husband romanced me and I fell for him hard and fast. We have a really fun love story and my husband is truly the most amazing blessing in my life, outside of my relationship with Christ.
But...how does God romance me? And why is this important...
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends... I Corinthians 13:4-8
And how could I ever talk about His love for me (for all of mankind) without sharing this...
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
This is the GREAT ROMANCE.
Romance is a wonderful, wonderful thing.