Once upon a time, in a land far away…
How many of our favorite first stories began this way? I know a lot of mine did, though at that point I wasn’t too keen on the romance aspect. Who cared if Sleeping Beauty got her prince? I was all about the dragons and horses. But those four words at the beginning of a story meant there’d be excitement, danger, villains, and main characters who couldn’t catch a break. But I always knew they’d end up happy in their world at the very end. And if they didn’t (like the original version of The Little Mermaid) I could count on Disney to set the facts straight and give me ending I wanted.
As a romance writer, what keeps me coming back to the genre is the promise of a happily ever after. Most of us don’t begin our stories with “Once Upon A Time…” but the formula is tried and true. When you pick up a romance you know that inside those pages two characters will meet, fall in love without admitting it, only to have that love tested before finally–FINALLY–admitting they can’t live without the other.
There’s nothing better in this world.
So what’s your favorite fairy tale?