by guest blogger Maya Rodale, writer of historical tales of true love and adventure.
Fill in the blank: When my mom said she was really into __________, I laughed at her.
- country music
- romance novels
- all of the above.
The answer is d) all of the above. When my mom discovered the amazing songs of country music and the awesomeness of yoga and the cracking-good stories of romance novels, she told me all about it, and I laughed. Awful of me, I know.
But she has had the last laugh, as now I have been practicing yoga for years, I wear cowboy boots and listen to country music so much I speak with a faux twang, and I write romance novels for a living.
But where did that ignorant laughter come from? How did I know to laugh when I had never listened to country music or twisted into one asana or read a romance novel? I don’t have the answer for the first two, but I did my homework on the last one. In fact, I’ve spent two college degrees studying the matter of women and fiction and the often-derogatory attitude toward that combination.
The short answer: Because romance novels inspire and empower women to live and love to a higher standard. And because that’s a threat to the status quo, we’re taught to ridicule those who embrace that literature, that message, that vision of a life well lived and loved.
The 4:38 minute answer:
The other lesson to be learned here: My mom is always right. Ha-ha.
Maya Rodale is the author of numerous historical romance novels. She lives in New York City with a rogue of her own and their dog, Penelope. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, or at www.mayarodale.com. Her most recent book is Dangerous Books for Girls.