I'm a big-time fan of inspirational, romantic-suspense novels. There's nothing like reading a story where guy meets gal and they are drawn to each other, but life-threatening obstacles threaten to keep them apart. They rely on God to help them. And in the end, the hero and heroine get together.
Sometimes when people hear that I write inspirational, romantic suspense, they automatically think I have explicit sex in my novels. I have to draw their attention to the word "inspirational" which means faith in a higher power plays a major role in the story. PLUS there is NO explicit sex and NO swear words. But sometimes it's tough to get that point across.
I remember one day I saw an acquittance with his ninety-year-old mother. He asked how my writing was going. I told him fine. Then he told his mother that I wrote romantic suspense and she said, "I don't read that trash."
I wasn't offended, but I tried to explain that I wrote inspirational, romantic suspense. However, she had made up her mind.
She is not the only one. Even logical-minded people sometimes lump all romance together and think the worst.
How sad that romance has been labeled with such a word. Love is something to be celebrated.
What do you think? Has all romance been labeled with a bad name?