Love is our true destiny.
We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves.
We find it with another.
Thomas Merton was a writer and mystic who sadly passed away in the late 1960s. One of his most profound works—for me—was called “No Man Is An Island.” The first five paragraphs said a lot to me when I read them. They end with, “The gift of love is the gift of the power and the capacity to love, and, therefore, to give love with full effect is also to receive it.”
I am often asked why I, a straight married woman with six kids, would write erotic ManLove romances. The answer to that is simple…because I believe in love and I also believe that everyone should experience it, read it, see it, taste it, and accept it in all its many forms.
My bio both on my website and at the end of all my books says I believe in love at first sight, soul mates, true love, and happy endings and that’s what I like to write about. And it’s true. That isn’t a line I just slapped together to fill in space. I fully believe in true love. Having experienced it myself, why wouldn’t I want to share that gift with the world?
“Because everyone deserves love, no matter who they are, what sex they are, what color their skin is, their religion or political affiliation, how much money they make, or even what they look like.”
And while that might explain why I choose to write romance novels, I suppose it doesn’t explain why I choose to write erotic ManLove romances, does it? Again, for me, the answer is simple. Because everyone deserves love, no matter who they are, what sex they are, what color their skin is, their religion or political affiliation, how much money they make, or even what they look like. I have a very firm belief that there is someone out there for everyone. If just one person—male or female or a purple penguin—begins to believe this after reading one of my books, then all of the hours I spend in front of my laptop have been worth it for me.
Yes, I write fictional romances. It’s probably not likely that anyone will ever find a wolf shifter to fall in love with as their fated mate or have a vampire taste their blood and suddenly profess their undying love. Worlds rise and fall with the stroke of my keyboard. Spaceships fly from planet to planet. Demons come out of the darkness and elves pass through waterfalls between worlds.
I’m not so sure.
I write stories I hope people can escape into, places they can imagine being, and characters that they either want to fall in love with or hope will fall in love with them. Believing that there is someone out there somewhere, just for you, and refusing to settle for anything less, is not a bad thing in my book. It may take a while, sure, but the happy ending that can be found is worth the wait.
I had a friend once, many, many years ago. He felt that he would never find his one true love so he didn’t wait, and he settled. Unfortunately, he settled for the wrong man and it cost him his life in the end. He never found his happy ending. It’s for him that I write these love stories. I want people to understand that there is more out there. True love can be found if you look hard enough.
Now, for the big question…
Wouldn’t it be just as easy for me to write mainstream romance and get my point across as it is for me to write ManLove romance? Probably true. Being a woman myself, I would think it would more than likely be easier for me to write mainstream romance than ManLove romance. But I believe there is a segment of the population that gets lost in the political correctness and biases of the ignorant people in the world.
It is doubtful that you will ever find my books at the check-out counter in your local grocery store. I believe this is less because of the erotic content and more because of the characters that fall in love in my books. I won’t get on my soapbox and go into all of the reasons this is wrong in my mind because we’d be here all day long.
However, there is a decided lack of romance books in my particular genre in the world. This area is growing, and I couldn’t be happier about that. Almost daily I see new authors pop up with new ManLove romances and it makes me want to stand up and cheer. But I’ll reserve that for the day when a book by Stormy Glenn is on a shelf at the grocery store.
“And if writing an erotic ManLove romance can show one person that what they feel is not only okay but normal, then I’ve done what I set out to do.”
Let’s just say that I believe that everyone deserves love…No matter who you are! And if writing an erotic ManLove romance can show one person that what they feel is not only okay but normal, then I’ve done what I set out to do.
I’ve shared my gift with the world.
As Thomas Merton said, “The gift of love is the gift of power…”
By Stormy Glenn