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Have you ever noticed that a lot—and I mean a staggering percentage—of contemporary romance fiction is set in small towns? While most romance movies and rom-coms take place in larger cities, the vast majority of romance fiction is set in smaller, quieter towns.

One day, my husband came home from work and greeted me with a with a laugh. He recounted how the teachers had been struggling on the first day of preschool with teaching the three and four-year olds the rules for walking in a line to the bathroom.

We’ve all heard horror stories of some of the terrible neighbors people have been unfortunate enough to live next to. Heck, most of us probably have a few of our own - stories of neighbors who block our car in the driveway, leave their TV on at full blast all night long, or throw raging parties on a weeknight.

First, let me say I’m a man, and I write romances. I also read them—a lot. I love nothing better than a great love story with a happy ending. My little sister calls me a helpless romantic. One step down, I suppose, from a hopeless romantic.  Unfortunately (or some might say fortunately), there aren’t many of us guys writing romance, and I think I may have an inkling why.

Writing stories is a gift. It’s a calling and a joy. It comes complete with characters and problems, conflict and excitement. It may slowly wind itself through your subconscious until a story is fully formed. Or, it may crash into your head then stubbornly wait for you to pry the particulars out and find the prize in the recesses of your soul.

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