Is there a stigma attached to reading romance?
I think so.
It is only since becoming a published author of historical romance that I ‘came out’ and admitted to reading the genre. The strange thing is that since I went public, people I consider perfectly normal, intelligent, fulfilled and responsible, who I never previously suspected of being fellow addicts, also came out and said; ‘Oh yeah, I love reading romance to.’
So why this reluctance to go public?
My boss is the perfect example. After congratulating me on the publication of A Dead Man’s Debt, he gave a nervous laugh and commented, “Romance? Not Mills and Boon I hope?” which typifies the reaction of the ill-informed, that romance is something someone recovering from a long and potentially brain disabling illness, or possibly what your Granny might read.
In explanation I can only speak for myself. As a working woman, a veterinarian by day (author by night) I feared people would think me unprofessional (at best) and desperate (at worst) whereas nothing could be further from the truth.
I love being a vet but it’s a tough job. Emotionally demanding, especially in a village surgery where I have known most of the patients for many years. As they age, become ill and have to be let go, it can be like tearing out little pieces of your heart…and yes, I do retreat to the loo for a cry. And over the years, I’ve learnt to cope by going home and escaping into the world of historical romance and the
Before eBooks, my foray into romance was limited to books whose covers were not overtly smutty, so as to preserve some semblance of dignity amongst my peers. . I was afraid of being judged weak willed, sad and superficial, whereas in reality I sought escapism. However since the revelation of the Kindle, my taste roams free and unrestricted…but that’s another blog for another day
The way I look at it, it’s intelligent people that need to read romance, to recharge their batteries! A modern woman must multi-task; making the kids packed dinners whilst eating breakfast, loading the washing machine whilst doing her make up… and that’s before you even get to work! But after a long hard day in the office, do you stop? No. Its home to cook dinner, read bed time stories and do the ironing. And that’s where romance comes in. Collapsed on the sofa, glass of wine in hand, what better way to escape for a short time, than to lose yourself in the regency; in a world of satins and silks, of rogues and rakes…So why don’t you join me and learn to love historical romance?
A Dead Man’s Debt by Grace Elliot.
Celeste Armitage has a plan…and that plan doesn’t include marriage.
After deliberately humiliating a suitor, Celeste’s despairing parents exile her to the country. But once there she discovers a sketch book of daring nude studies and is shaken to find the artist is her hostess’s eldest son, Lord Ranulf Charing. This darkly cynical lord is exactly the sort of dissipated rogue she despises most…if only her blood didn’t heat at the thought of him…
Nothing is as it seems. Lord Ranulf’s life is a façade. Only he can save the Charing’s from disgrace as a blackmailer seeks to ruin his late brother’s reputation. But just as Ranulf dares to open his heart to Celeste, the fury of his nemesis is unleashed… facing him with the stark choice between true love and family duty. However when Celeste guesses the truth behind his rejection, Ranulf underestimates her resolve to clear his name and in so doing places the woman he loves in mortal danger….
Grace Elliot leads a double life as a veterinarian by day and author of historical romance by night. Grace lives near
Grace believes intelligent people need romantic fiction in their lives as an antidote to the modern world and as an avid reader of historicals she turned to writing as a release from the emotionally draining side of veterinary work. Her debut novel A Dead Man’s Debt is now available from most eBook stores including Amazon. $2.99.
To find out more visit graceelliot-author.blogspot.com