Through the Darkness

For as long as I can remember I have had a passion for books and for telling stories. My grandma had a library in her house, I loved that tiny little room with its desk looking out toward the west. The floor to ceiling shelves and the books that filled them. I enjoyed being out there on rainy days and going to the library to select a book to read. My first story was written when I was about nine. It was about a horse. Then I discovered romance books. I remember sleepless nights reading V.C. Andrews and swapping books with my best friend in middle and high school. Going to the library, pulling Austen from the shelf, and sitting on the floor in the poetry section (which was not often visited) to read. While those books certainly captured my interest they were not the only books that did. I found myself reading fantasy, history, sci-fi. I never read in one genre and I never intended to write in one genre.


I started writing my first book when I was still dealing with the aftermath of an abusive relationship. It was a healing process for me. Those long nights of staying up until three in the morning as the story unfolded before me was a sort of therapy. I remember crying as I wrote certain scenes, smiling or laughing while writing others. At the end of that story, giving Arabella the ending she deserved, well I felt a little bit of healing within myself.

When I wrote Love Overcomes I knew it was going to be a romance. When I wrote The Second Life of Magnolia Mae, I knew that it was going to be a young adult time travel. Jade was written as a young adult dystopian fantasy. All of them are romance. For me, every story is a romance story. It may not always have a happy ending or the ending that you would expect but the romance is there. Love is such an integral part of our lives that it makes sense that it would find its way into stories that I tell. My current work in progress is another fantasy. I didn’t intend for there to be romance in this one as Fala, was going on a quest to save her people, to end the war that had torn her family and world apart. Love found its way into the story, as it finds its way into our lives, unexpectedly. Love can bring people together or tear worlds apart. Those stories need to be told. So while I do write romance and I do enjoy happy endings I’m not going to make the journey to that ending be an easy one but it will be worth it. Romance isn’t just flowers and chocolate, it can certainly also be sitting up all night as the person you love is recovering from an illness just so you can be the one to offer a drink of water should they need one.

I guess I write romance because a world without romance would be too bleak. There’s enough darkness in the world, having that little light that love can give can help pull you through those dark moments. I know writing romance has helped to pull me through some dark times, maybe some day they will help someone else.


About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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4 Responses to Through the Darkness

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    There’s definitely enough darkness in the world.
    One reason that I’m amazed — stunned — at how many people seem to want MORE destruction and evil. Unbelievable.
    Thank goodness for the writers who preceded us. I grew up reading and cannot imagine what my 68 years would have been like if I lacked either the ability to read or the availability of good material.
    As for your comment — “every story is a romance story” — you’ll hear more on Hound Day, because it fits right in with what I plan to write about.

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  2. I agree that most romance works are born out of looking for goodness in the world, as so many of our friends who write romance are or were attorneys who need to toss off the injustice and unkindness that they experience every day.
    I think that most of us need more love in our lives, and see so much confusion. Love, (romantic or otherwise), is very simple and should be prevailing, but insecurities cause so many to take the wrong route and make so many lives difficult in the process.
    I love that your character insisted on a romance of her own! I never ceased to be amazed when the characters dictate the story or a twist in it.

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  3. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Nice post. I think most people who love to read simply enjoy the temporary journey, whether it’s to escape a bad situation or just to experience something different. It’s wonderful that you’re able to express yourself in so many genres.

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