Why write romance novels? Why read romance novels? They are never classified as “literary.” It’s as if they are unworthy yet romance novels are read and enjoyed by millions of women around the world. Many of us need a mental health break from the stresses and strains of life. Pick up a romance novel, historical, contemporary, fantasy, and enjoy. A happy ending is guaranteed and isn’t that how we would like our lives to end? Happily? The very last line in Alistair MacLeod’s wonderful book, No Great Mischief, speaks to me. “All of us are better when we are loved.” That’s why I write romance.