For a writer finding treasure is discovering something unique about your work. Years ago, I wrote a short story and I thought it was science fiction. When I tried to sell it, it was profoundly rejected as being too sensual. Now that I look at it, I realize that I had written what would now be classified as science fiction romance. The romance was the principle key of that story. “I should have know, ” she hits herself in the head.
Understanding why you write is paramount to every writer. Over a year ago, I realized I might be a romance writer. It’s a matter of revealing what you really care about. I care about the relationships between people, what creates trust, how love grows and evolves, and when love endures. The question people always ask is how.
What I love about romance is the variety of possibilities. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a demon or a duke, a CEO or a knight, they are all looking for love. When it comes down to it, love is the only treasure that matters in a lifetime.
The treasure in a romance novel is a only a reflection of what’s in the heart.