Romance Novels and Heroin

This blog came across my news feed. I know many writers from all walks of the genre life and this blog sums up exactly why genres like romance have a place in the world. I know romance writers who receive emails that make their day as readers find a way of escaping the real world for a place where they know the story will end in a positive place.

Cauldrons and Cupcakes

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“It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, conscience, honesty – and said ‘do the best you can with these, they will have to do’. And mostly, against all odds, they do.”
~ Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith

When I was growing up heroin (the opiate) was the drug of choice for those who wanted to escape their life and forget for a while. At school we were taught about the evils of addiction, and the shameful weakness of the addict. To let ourselves fall to heroin? Goodness, that was never going to happen.

And then there are…

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