College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in Composition (MA)
Timothy M. Christian
Creative Writing, Fiction, Romance Genre, Romance Fiction, Romance, Romantic Fiction, Harlequin
Belk, Jaime Constance, "Save Our Love" (2022). Masters Theses. 880.
Andy Crouch wrote in his inspirational book, Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling that “culture is inescapable” and if we are dissatisfied with it, we must “make new culture” (140). These words have inspired my creativity and influenced my writing in so many ways. Romance literature is constantly growing in popularity, but the genre is not evolving. In a world of monotonous storylines and happily-ever-afters, I seek to shift the romance genre with my project, Save Our Love. This is a romance manuscript that tells the powerful stories of Joseph and Denver, two disparate college students who build a bond that they feel is unbreakable. This work aims to shed light on real-life trauma that individuals struggle with in the 21st century and confront issues in the romantic fiction genre.