Hey Word Warriors

It’s been a tough week in politics and I know a lot of people are not feeling all that great about the state of things, but I want to remind the writers out there that our job is twice as important right now. When things are hard people turn to their favorite distractions as a place to escape. While it’s tempting to put down our pens, or to pack up our keyboards, now is when the important work happens.

Remember that those of us who write fiction have a special duty to our readers to give them a story that can help them slay the dragons in their lives and remind them that they, the average person, has been carrying a sword all along.

I know turning on the news, looking at Facebook, or going on Twitter can really be a drain and sometimes it even makes me feel powerless. Yet, I always pause to remember that my power is in my words and in my stories. Our power is always in the words we yield and it can’t be taken from us. As long as we chose to use them.

So word warriors, write that novel, short story, non-fiction essay, that news expose, that journal entry, or that newspaper editorial. Get back to work.

We all have some fighting to do.

❤ Scarlette

P.s.

There is another thing you can do. If you need to contact your Senator regarding the new healthcare bill to express your extreme displeasure, and to request they vote no, you can reach them easily through the Senate switchboard.

You may phone the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

Source: https://www.senate.gov/reference/common/faq/How_to_correspond_senators.htm

 

Is there room for politics in romance?

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My simple answer is yes.

When I began to write this series it was to turn my post-election angst into something  that would take rough political feelings and turn them into story and to mold characters that could fight off the bad and fall in love. I think that now that the world is a little more terrifying we’re all looking for a happy ending. To me writing can help us remember that despite the fear that a lot of people are experiencing right now, there is still hope and love in the world. Romance novels in particular come with a happily-ever-after and are perfect for lifting spirits.

The reality is, the awful things happening haven’t stopped people falling in love. In fact, I think that tough situations like this can help push people together. Politics do play a part in our every day lives and political affiliations are one of the core values we might value in a partner. Politics, whether we like it or not, play a huge part in life and therefore can’t be excluded from romance.

Another reason that I think that there is a place for politics in romance is that there are real world issues in politics that the romance reading community shouldn’t ignore. We can’t in good faith have our sex positive heroines and our steamy sex scenes while turning a blind eye to things like birth control access. I also certainly don’t think we can feature romances with same sex couples if we don’t talk about the real issues of marriage equality.

Romance, from who we can marry, to how we plan our families, is inherently political.

Even if a good romance novel is our escape from the current reality, we owe it to ourselves and each other to not ignore political issues that affect us in this space. Romance novels are a largely woman powered industry: often with women writers and largely a female audience. I think that because this is a female dominated space, it is particularly ripe for showing our support for women’s rights and having a strong pro-woman political stance.

Whether you are a person that uses birth control, or a person that benefits from its existence, we need to be mindful to not ignore important issues. I am choosing to use my writing  to indirectly stand up for these things while still delivering a story that will leave you with good feelings afterwards.

I would also like to add, that I don’t think politics NEED to be a huge part of romance novels, I am simply defending my choice to include political issues as a large part of my current series.

Of course, this is just my opinion. I would love to hear others thoughts on this issue. Leave a comment below!

❤ Scarlette

P.s.

If you’d like to sample the series I’m talking about, you can always get the prequel for free here.

Book Questions

This isn’t my normal thing, but I thought that after a couple of intense weeks of writing and editing I’d have a little fun. Enjoy!
1. DO YOU GET SICK WHILE READING IN THE CAR?

No. I’m one of those really lucky people who can read anywhere.

2. WHICH AUTHOR’S WRITING STYLE IS COMPLETELY UNIQUE TO YOU AND WHY?

Charlie Holmberg of the Paper Magician Series. I love how she describes things. I think that it’s a skill I don’t focus on enough and I find it compelling.

3. HARRY POTTER SERIES OR THE TWILIGHT SAGA? GIVE 3 POINTS TO DEFEND YOUR ANSWER.

Look, I’m guilty of loving both, but I’ll pick Harry Potter in a contest.

Why?

Harry Potter showed the power of love, that standing up and defying authority is a duty, and that books and knowledge will always save the day. How can I not pick that?

4. DO YOU CARRY A BOOK BAG? IF SO, WHAT IS IN IT (BESIDES BOOKS)?

Knitting.

5. DO YOU SMELL YOUR BOOKS?

Honestly, not enough.

6. BOOKS WITH OR WITHOUT LITTLE ILLUSTRATIONS.

Either. Although most books I read lack illustrations.

7. WHAT BOOK DID YOU LOVE WHILE READING BUT DISCOVERED LATER IT WASN’T QUALITY WRITING?

I’ll have to steal the answer of the person I stole this from, Twilight. I’ll still stand by and say the story is captivating, but the writing is a bit lacking.

8. WHAT IS THE THINNEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

A photobook

9. WHAT IS THE THICKEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

A book about computers that is not mine.

10. WHEN DID YOU GET INTO READING?

As soon as I could read words. I’m super grateful for that.

11. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC BOOK?

Wuthering Heights. I’ll admit that I never had an intense interest in the classics.

12. IN SCHOOL WHAT WAS YOUR BEST SUBJECT?

Science.

15. IF YOU WERE GIVEN A BOOK AS A PRESENT THAT YOU HAD READ BEFORE AND HATED, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Be nice about it. They gave me a book, I can’t be mad. I might start heavily hinting on books I like better though. 🙂

16. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORD?

Grit

17. ARE YOU A NERD, DORK, OR DWEEB? OR ALL OF THE ABOVE?

Nerd.

18. VAMPIRES OR FAIRIES? WHY?

Vampires. I loved them before Twilight and I’ll love them for probably forever. #notsorry

19. SHAPESHIFTERS OR ANGELS? WHY?

Shapeshifters, but only because Angels sound too boring 😉

20. AND FINALLY: FULL ON ROMANCE BOOKS OR ACTION-PACKED WITH A FEW LOVE SCENES MIXED IN?

Full on romance as long as it’s not in the super christian/amish/mormon categories. I like a little more heat to my romances.