Guest Post by Nancy Famolari: Romance Novels as an antidote for Tough Times

My guest today is Nancy Famolari. She enjoys reading and writing romance novels and tells you why.

Romance Novels an Antidote for Tough Times

We live in tough economic times. Unemployment is upwards of nine percent. Taxes are high; prices are high. People worry about the future. You see it in the news every day, Yet, book sellers and publishers report that romance novels sell very well, perhaps better than in more affluent times. So, why are we reading romance novels?

Romance novels are cheerful. The characters face serious, or not so serious problems and come out winners. In the best romance novels, they give us examples of how to solve out own problems. The people are generally attractive. The men are handsome; the women, beautiful. In our daydreams, we’d like to be like them, or have them for friends

The settings are charming, often elegant. In times like these most of us want to get away from our dreary routine for awhile. Romance novels let you visit pleasant places: resorts, estates, and quaint villages. It’s a cheap vacation.

The characters have interesting careers. When we’re toiling at boring, uninteresting jobs, it’s fun to revel in the challenges faced by fashion designers, politicians, and business leaders. It might even give you a vision that leads to an exciting career.

My personal favorites are romantic thrillers. I love solving puzzles. True crime stories and detective fiction with their focus on serial killers and assassinations make you face the ugliness in the world rather than getting away from it all. It’s fun to read a cozy mystery, or romantic suspense novel and just disappear from all the ugliness for awhile.

Like to read romance? Perhaps you should write one. Several authors have written a book because they were bored or couldn’t find anything they wanted to read. Dorothy Dunnett, author of the Lymond Chronicles and The House of Niccolo, complained to her husband that she couldn’t find any good books to read. He suggested she write one. It was the first Lymond book, The Game of Kings. Rita Mae Brown started writing Riding Shotgun when she was stuck at her Virginia farm in an ice storm with no power and no phone.

I write cozy mysteries: Murder in Montbleu and The Lake House. If you’d like a vacation in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania, come visit Police Chief Chess Devon and Inspector Bartlett Thomas in Montbleu. There’s always a scandal brewing.

Nancy Famolari’s Bio:

Nancy Famolari splits her time between her farm in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania and a smaller farm near Ocala, Florida. Her five horses are becoming seasoned travelers. The Endless Mountains is a lovely rural area with many small town datingfrom the early 1800’s. This beautiful region provides the background for all the novels in the Montbleu Murder series, including Murder in
Montbleu and The Lake House.

16 thoughts on “Guest Post by Nancy Famolari: Romance Novels as an antidote for Tough Times

  1. Jen Wylie

    Great post Nancy!

    I love to sit down to nice romance now and then. Nothing like reading about true forever love either. 🙂

    Happy reading, and writing!


  2. Carolyn Howard-Johnson

    I sure agree that writing is a great antidote for tough times and that includes poor health. It can be a curative–especially memoir and journaling, but really everything. We put much of ourseves into just about any kind of writing. The more we put in, the better we get get as writers. Thanks, you two writing women!
    Carolyn Howard-Johnson
    Blogging writers resources at Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites pick


  3. Stephen Tremp

    I don’t read romance novels, although I recognize the need to have romance in my books which are of the action genre. Romance provides the means to balance out action and help with character development.


  4. Nancy Famolari

    Thanks for all the great comments. You’re right, Carolyn, anything you write is an antidote for tough times. I guess we’d all better keep writing. Stephen, I agree. Romance helps even in adventure and thriller dramas as a secondary plot.

    I’m so glad you all love romance. I guess we should have done this post on the 14th!!


  5. Elysabeth

    Me – I’ve never really sat down to read a romance novel – I’m just not into that mushy love stuff -guess I’m just not a romantic at heart – lol. I love mysterys and if they have a little connection between the two main characters that’s okay – but not if that is the only thing the plot is based on.

    It is a good posting – and just sitting down towrite really does help even if for a few hours. Thanks for sharing with us. See you all in the postings – E 🙂

    Elysabeth Eldering
    Author of the Junior Geography Detective Squad, 50-state, mystery, trivia series

    Where will the adventure take you next?


  6. Heidi M. Thomas

    I think you’re spot on re: reading and the economy. Reading transports us to another world and lets us forget our troubles and surroundings for a brief time. Romantic thrillers seem like they would attract a larger number of readers too, although cozy mysteries are always fun. Keep up the good work!


  7. VS Grenier

    I haven’t read a romance novel since college, but reading this guest post reminds me why I did. I believe every genre is here for a reason and we can all learn, no matter what we writer, from each other and why different writing tips work here and not there or cross all genres.

    All the best,

    VS Grenier


  8. Karen Cioffi

    I posted to this yesterday – not sure why it didn’t appear. One more time:
    I agree that Romance, Mysteries, and even soft Sci-fi are great escape tools. Having an entertaining diversion that ends satisfyingly is a helpful relief from everyday life and its problems.


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  10. Velda Brotherton

    I’d never read a romance novel till after my first one was published. Wrong way around, I know, and it’s a long story, but wanted to say that I enjoy writing them and enjoy reading great romance novels. Some of the first great books were romance novels. Jane Eyre for one. What about Lady Chatterley’s Lover? Yes, I’m going way back. Locked in by snow, sit back and read a good book, be it romance, mystery, fantasy. Great post.



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