Does love in a romance novel parallel love in real life?

Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 2:20 PM

I read an interesting article yesterday in a back issue of Psychology Today, which questioned whether love in a romance novel parallels love in real life. In the article, Maryanne Fisher analyzed whether romance novels actually reflect what women want in their real life relationships. To put simply, do women really want the multi-millionaire, “bad boy” who by a miracle of birth happens to be both incredibly good-looking and an intellectual giant. I would say that this inquiry is difficult if not impossible to answer in a “yes” or “no” format. Like many questions, the answer is “it depends.” In so far as a woman desires some level of safety, to know that her partner will always be there for her and has the means to protect her, then yes some of the above traits may be useful. But I think it’s erroneous to assume that simply because a man has financial means he also has the “emotional” wherewithal. Likewise, while the bad boy is fun—and I’ve had my run-ins with a few—for the most part that type of relationship is fleeting (though obviously there are exceptions to that). While some romance novels do reflect relationships that theoretically a woman should want others may not. But at the end of the day, romance novels should be fun and have some degree of escapism. And the swoon-worthy “bad boy” alpha males are pretty fun to write about AND read about at the end of the day! Any thoughts?
Loren Mathis

Four Star Review from Readers’ Favorite

Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2013 2:19 PM

My editorial review from Readers’ Favorite is in … FOUR STARS for my novel Pushed to the Edge!!! Read more here.
Loren Mathis

Always Remember

Posted on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 2:16 PM
Always Remember September 11, 2001. No matter how old you get, no matter how fuzzy your memory becomes, some moments in time will always remain clearly etched in your mind. Twelve years ago today, I was in my sophomore year of high school. My first class of the day was U.S. History. Our teacher had given us a year-long writing project, and that morning we were supposed to conduct research at the library. Nothing could have prepared us for what we were going to see when we entered the library at around 9 am that morning.

We were all so sheltered. Growing up in a tight-knit, rural town, I don’t think that any of us had ever seen true evil. The librarian was screaming as we walked in, “They’re bombing us!” Being skeptical teenagers, we thought that our librarian who was known for her eccentricities was just being, well, theatrical. Our eyes followed the finger that she was pointing at the television mounted on the wall. A news station was playing what looked like a scene from a movie. A scene of a plane hitting the World Trade Center. As graphic as it was, we couldn’t figure out why Ms. O was screaming about a movie. And then it slowly hit us. One by one. This was real life, not a movie.

We were watching a replay of the first plane hitting the Twin Towers. At the moment of realization of that cruel truth, everyone, and I mean everyone broke down in tears. We were watching the last moments of innocent people who had just woken up that morning and gone to work.

 Tragedies happen often it seems. And it’s true that what defines us is not that moment of despair, but instead, the courage and good deeds that arise out of the wreckage. And that is, I think, what 9/11 has become: the remembrance of the 2,996 people who died and the heroes who emerged.

 Always remember.

Loren Mathis

26 Fun Facts About Me

Posted on Saturday, September 7, 2013 2:08 PM

26 Fun Facts About Me

Do you have any siblings? Yes. I’m the youngest of five, and my sister is about two decades older than me!
What were your favorite subjects in high school?: Language Arts & Biology
What is your favorite drink?: Diet Cherry Pepsi
What is your favorite song at the moment?: At the moment … “Fumble” by Trey Songz
What is your favorite food?: Spaghetti and meatballs
What is the last thing you bought?: Starbucks’ caramel macchiato
Favorite book of all time?: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Favorite color?: Blue
Do you have any pets?: Not currently, but I’m hoping to buy a puppy soon! 
Favorite Perfume?: Lancome
Favorite Holiday?: Any beach in Barcelona, Spain or Cinque Terre, Italy
Are you married?: Nope
Have you ever been out of the country?: Yes
Do you speak any other language?: Basic Italian and Spanish written & conversational skills
What is your favorite shop?: The Reformation
What is your favorite store?: A tie between Southern Season and Whole Foods
Favorite restaurant?: Bella Monica Italian Restaurant 
When was the last time you laughed?: This morning
Favorite Quote?: “The world breaks everyone and afterward some are strong at the broken places” —-Ernest Hemingway
Favorite Movies?: The Shawshank Redemption, Batman (really all of the ones starring Christian Bale), Jarhead, Zero Dark Thirty
What is your favorite TV show (currently)?: Scandal!!!!
Favorite TV show (of all time)?: The Wire
PC or Mac?: PC
What phone do you have?: Black iPhone 4S
How tall are you?: 5ft 2
Can you cook?: Yes. I love to make chicken & fish dishes!
Loren Mathis
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