Today’s prompt was provided by Mariah Kingsley and was just too interesting to pass up.
I’m sure those of you who’ve been following my A to Z posts thought I’d surely go with sex. Those of you who’ve read my books know my thoughts on romance are that they are based on so much more than sex. Romance is part of the journey. And it can be soul-changing.
When people talk about love, they talk about soul-mates. I think a soul-mate can also be a friend. Quite a few of us have that one friend that we knew the first instant we saw them that they would be our friend. For others, that happens when they meet the one they eventually fall in love with.
Anyone we open ourselves up to can be soul-changing – in both good and bad ways. In romance, authors mostly focus on the good although there are a few who have the other in there and it’s interesting to see how they weave it into the Happy Ever After.
In my stories, my characters soul changes because the other person make them want to be better, or be a part of a larger entity. I believe that a true relationship is a partnership.Things may not always be 50/50 but at the end of the day, you’re pretty equal. When you let someone into your heart, let them see all those dark or scarred or afraid pieces of our soul, your soul will change depending on the other person.
Why do people read romance? Because there is so much hate and hurt and death in the world that sometimes the only way to get through the day is to carve out a piece of time to read a story with a guaranteed happy ending. An ending that my give the reader hope. It may even lighten their soul’s burdens enough to let them move through to the next phase of their lives. And that, dear readers, can be soul-changing.