I don't think my idea of happily-ever-after is the same as other romance writers. Scratch that. My idea of happily-ever-after is nothing like other romance writers, owning my shit and everything. It's taken me a while to come to terms with that and a little longer to find the courage to write the words down. There are so many tropes, genres, and niches in the romance writing scene and still it's all pretty much the same basic formula Disney uses to get little girls to believe that some day their prince will come and rescue them from whatever evil has befallen them. Of course, there are some variations on this formula but ultimately, this is how romance novels are born. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with writing and reading the quintessential romance story with happily-ever-after most people look for. I love a good sweet and sassy romance read as much as the next girl, and I also live in the real world where shit isn't always tied up with a neat bow.