Well hello there, Valentine's Day, you double-edged sword you.
Despite being a romance author now, February 14th was never my favorite holiday while I was growing up. I didn't have a special sweetheart in school and had to endure sitting back and watching my classmates receive balloons and flowers on the dreaded Day of Love.
When you're single, Valentine’s Day can be a black cloud full of depressing clichés and traditions created just to torment you. Before I met my soulmate, it was downright depressing not to have someone to share it with.
Later, when I finally found a sweetheart of my own, I was thrilled to receive enough chocolate and roses to make up for those many years of disappointment. (My hubby proposed to me on Valentine’s Day, so now it’s a special anniversary for me.)
Many years have past since that life-changing proposal and I'm content to find the romance in each day and don't find the need to cram it all into one day just because that's what the calendar tells us to do.
Maybe that's part of why I love romance novels so much. No matter what's going on in your own life, there's always a lovable hero in the pages, ready to give you a reason to believe in love.
So, whether you have a special sweetheart of your own or not, Happy Heart Day!