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Romances. We all know and love them, right? I’d be willing to bet the majority of us have read many romances in which the protagonists get together, get married and start talking about having a baby. Very often in our genre, we get to meet these little tykes too. There are surprise babies, long-awaited babies, babies in peril, babies and puppies, you get the idea. “Happily ever after” often results in the gift of children. I’ve certainly written some of these romances myself and love them as much as the next person. We all love to believe our favorite heroes and heroines are seeing all their dreams come true.
What I don’t think we get to read about enough about is childless protagonists. Let’s face it. Not everyone can have children, and there are just as many people who would rather not have the 2.5 kids and a minivan. So why aren’t we hearing more about those characters?
I know many women who, for one reason or another, are unable to conceive. In many of their cases, this realization has been met with significant emotion. I think it’s safe to say the subject of infertility can often be heartbreaking for those involved. I can’t even imagine what it must be like.
Infertility has hurt several people I know and love but it should never preclude “happily ever after.” As a genre of writers, I think we have a responsibility to remember there are different types of HEA. Our readers deserve to see alternatives. They deserve to see themselves in our stories.
My upcoming romance Covet, Vegas Sins 2, features a heroine who learns she can never bear children. She learns this news at the outset of the book and it rocks her world to its foundations. It also leads to her meeting the hero, a man who will accept her for the wonderful woman she is. As she says to him, she wants a man who will think she’s “enough.” On an intellectual level, my heroine Dana understands her infertility doesn’t limit her as a woman. However, she’s still dealing with some unfamiliar, painful feelings. Luckily, my hero Alex is a man whose love is stronger than labels and diagnoses. It was very important for me to write this couple. They have disappointments and tragedies in life, together and apart, but ultimately they receive their HEA. It might be different from the books that feature babies and picket fences, but my hope is that it’s no less powerful or engaging.
Would you enjoy reading a romance that features a couple who can’t or may not want children? I’d love to hear your thoughts and I look forward to sharing more about Covet in the near future!
Rosanna Leo author info:
Rosanna Leo is a multi-published romance author. Winner of the Reader’s Choice 2015 in Paranormal Romance at The Romance Reviews, Rosanna draws on her love of mythology for her books on Greek gods, selkies and shape shifters.
From Toronto, Canada, Rosanna occupies a house in the suburbs with her long-suffering husband, their two hungry sons and a tabby cat named Sweetie. When not writing, she can be found haunting dusty library stacks or planning her next star-crossed love affair.
A library employee by day, she is honored to be a member of the league of naughty librarians who also happen to write romance.
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