Why I Write Romance
My obsession with romance started early. I was that little girl wearing her princess dress up clothes and gliding up and down the hallway to the wedding march to marry Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid.
I had my first kiss when I was in kindergarten. His name was Daniel and he lived across the street. We were playing house with our younger siblings and since we were the oldest, naturally, we were the parents. He took me on a "date" to the guest room and he said, "You know what our parents do on dates?"
"No, what?" I replied.
"They kiss." He then proceeded to give me a peck on the lips.
I remember being so excited and telling my mom in the bath, "I had my first kiss today!"
Little did I know that six-year-old Danica had peaked. That would be my only kiss for a very long time.
Cut to middle school when I stupidly let the self-proclaimed "popular" girls make me believe that I was ugly. It didn't help that the boys also joined in on the throwing of trash at me and the name calling.
So, I would hide in the library and read any book I could get my hands on. I discovered Jane Eyre in the 8th grade and was addicted to romance books. I read all the classics and the contemporary favorites. My favorite book boyfriend of that time was Michael from The Princess Diaries. I couldn't wait for high school.
And then... high school Danica never had a date to a school dance or prom... I went by myself-- that really showed them!
I remember the stupid "Backwards Dance" where I asked a boy to go with me. I tore down one of the posters advertising the dance and put it on the windshield of his old van (a van... I know, like he was so cool). I added "will you go with me? Danica".
I waited with my friend behind a wall and watched as he gathered his friends to look at it... and they all laughed. He then sent me a Facebook message titled (this was back when messages had titles like emails) "Oddly Placed Hearts" and rejected me.
I was crushed.
My book boyfriends would never do such a thing!
So I did what any normal 16 year-old girl would do. I wrote in my diary. (I wish I still had these, but in a fit of hormonal rage I ripped them up and tossed them, because a boy I liked read one when he found it... that's a story for another time). Anyway, so I would ramble in my diaries, but also write my day dreams. How I wish certain interactions went.
I even wrote skits and sketch comedy, because I wanted to be on Saturday Night Live since I was 14. So I wrote these crazy characters.
So, all that was to say that I write romance for the girl who never got asked to prom. I give my characters a million different happy endings, because I know what it feels like to feel like you will never get one.