Why Romance? by Jim Cangany

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Why Romance?

Why do I write romance? I’m a guy, after all. I should be writing sci fi or action-adventures, right? Yeah, that’s what I thought for years. I grew up reading authors like Tolkien, Adams and Heinlein, so when I decided to give writing a shot, I thought for sure I’d come up with a story involving spaceships and lots of futuristic gadgets.

Boy, was I wrong.

When I finally got the guts to admit to my sons that the book Dad was writing was a contemporary romance, they responded predictably by asking why. While thinking about my response, my mind went back to something one of my writing mentors, the incomparable Barbara Shoup, said. When I asked where she got her story ideas, she told me she wrote the stories that were in her head.

That’s the moment I became a romance author. For whatever reason, the stories in my head involve men and women searching for true love, rather than noble rebels battling an evil galactic empire. I’m totally okay with that.

You know why? Because the stories in my head involve characters I come to care about. I want them to conquer their demons and find someone with whom to live happily ever after. I want them to grow and change and become better people. They don’t have to save the world to be relevant, just save their own little part of it.

So are my stories a reflection of who I am? Perhaps. I don’t doubt for a second that my life experiences have contributed to my writing. Struggling with my incredible wife as she battled, and beat, breast cancer sure taught me a thing or two about the meaning of true love.

So, in the end, can a guy, or more specifically this guy, write romance? I suppose that’s for others to decide. I’d like to think they’ll decide yes.

My debut novel, Fallen Star, comes out today. I’d love it if you gave it a read. Thanks, and keep the rubber on the road!

About the Author: 

A lifelong resident of the State of Indiana, Jim Cangany is proud to call himself a Hoosier. The youngest of eight children, he grew up in a household full of books and people. Thanks to the influence of his older siblings, Jim gravitated toward fantasy and sci-fi when looking for something to read. He wrote his first story at age fourteen. A school project, The Magic Coin was a fantasy that involved a king, some bad guys, and, not surprisingly, a magical token.

These days, Jim writes romance on the sweet end. If you ask him what is a guy like him is doing writing romance, he’ll reply, “Those are the stories in my head.” A believer that the world has enough doom and gloom, he likes stories with a happy ending, regardless of genre.

Fallen Star is Jim’s first published novel. He lives in Indianapolis with his wonderful wife Nancy and his two sons, Ryan and Aidan.

6_14 fallenst_150When ordinary guy, E.J. McCarty, crosses paths with not-so-ordinary Annie Wilson, extraordinary things happen. For E.J., it’s the start of a great adventure. For Annie, it’s an escape from colossal failure. But thanks to fate–and Amtrak–they’re thrust together on the cross-country ride of their lives.

E.J. and Annie like each other, so what’s the problem? Rock star/actress Cassandra Lawrence is the problem. Despite their obvious attraction to each other, Cassandra’s history in show biz and distrustful nature conspire to keep them apart.

Can E.J. break down the walls Cassandra has built around Annie? Can Annie learn to trust E.J. enough to let him even try? And what’s with E.J.’s bizarre dreams about the North Star? From Chicago, through the heartland and all the way to the Malibu Pier, they struggle to accept that while faith, hope and love are important, trust is the key to the future.


  1. Jim Cangany says:

    Thanks so much for having me. Today is certainly a dream day and it’s great to be spending it with you!

  2. Jim – I loved “Fallen Star” and am looking forward to the next two parts of the trilogy! Also, I guess I’d better pick up on “Christmas Angel”!

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