Searching For An Escape by Monica Murphy
15 Sep 2020
By Monica Murphy
Ah 2020—this has been one wild year, am I right? It feels like our world has been turned completely upside down, and not in a good way.
It’s been stressful, to say the least, and I have to say that I’m grateful for a lot of things, but I’m focusing on one in particular—reading books. Specifically romance. More than anything, reading romances is helping me get through these tough times (well, streaming services are helping too, but I’m concentrating on the book world right now). I’ve read some pretty great books this year, and I’m so grateful for the escapism these stories have provided for me.
They make me forget as we go through a horrific pandemic. They help take my mind off the raging fire that’s burning only a few miles away from my house. And they help soothe my stress as I worry over my kids’ mental states while they deal with the most unusual school year we’ve ever experienced.
Not only has reading helped me escape, but so has writing. I’ve written more books this year than I have in a while, and that’s thanks to being on lockdown. We go nowhere. We don’t do much of anything. No book signings to attend. No cheer team for me to coach currently, since there’s no football season at the high school this fall (fingers crossed it happens this winter!). So guess who benefits from that? My readers!
I hope they’re able to find escape in my stories. I know I do when I’m writing them. Instead of being at a football game on Friday nights like I was all last fall, I’m reliving those moments in The Callahans series. And that’s what we’re looking for right now, am I right? A little escape. Some normalcy.
Here’s to reading. And escaping.
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