Tuesday, April 17, 2007

We Pause for a Moment...

Every writer in every public venue in America is writing about Virginia Tech today. This small collection of romance novelists should be no exception. As women, as mothers, as wives, as sisters, as friends we grieve today with those families who face unthinkable tragedy. Even in imaginations as fertile as those of writers, we cannot comprehend this horror.

A journalist sees a situation of this type and digs for facts. Who? What? Where? When? How? Writers of romantic fiction see this situation and wonder about the people. We are so driven to find the emotion in every scene we write that the way we look at the world changes to account for that.

If we are really good at our job, then we can show the emotion to you as well. Maybe we will write something that strikes a chord in your heart. Maybe you will see yourself in one of our charcters. Maybe you will find hope in a desolate situation because one of our characters found the way out of his or hers.

We offer you an escape. When the world around you is ugly - whether it's the recent shootings, an undeserved chastising from your boss, the suffering of someone you love - we invite you into a world where you can forget those things for a while. There will be struggles, to be sure, but you pick us up knowing that you can count on us for a happy ending. You know you will be satisfied with a great payoff for whatever trials you had to endure.

We thank you for allowing us that privilege. We take your faith in us very seriously. We hope we have delivered.

Please take a moment today to give a silent thought to the friends and families affected by the tragedy in Virginia. Then hug someone you love. There is never enough love in the world.


Bronwyn Green said...


Thank you for addressing this topic with such love and sensitivity. I wish that we as writers had the ability to rewrite these unhappy endings.

And you're right...there's not nearly enough love in the world. Much love to you and my follow Goddesses - and the rest of the world as well.

Elissa Abbott said...

I think it's safe to say you speak for all of us, Delia. I know I cannot imagine this kind of madness.

Some people tend to put down romance stories, but I see us and our stories as one part of the crucial bulwark between love and hate, sanity and madness, hope and despair.

Blessings to all.

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Perfectly said.

Tempest Knight said...

It's a very sad thing what happened at that university. It makes you wonder at the state of this world, when people solve their problems with guns.

Sandra Cox said...

Well said, Delia.