"A lot of our critics think we are foolish women, spoiled housewives with not a thought in our heads for the greater good. They believe that our work adds nothing to the world, that our books are like so much candy, fine in their place, but bound to rot our brains and layer them with the fat that clogs real thinking.
"They are so wrong.
"We don't write romance novels out of some " foolish notion that the world is all sweetness and light. We write them in spite of the fact that there is evil afoot in the world. We write them in defiance of knowing how bad it is out there. We write romance because they are powerful acts of faith, acts of light in a dark world.
Romance novels are born of the sorrows of women – they protest, with great gentleness and deep firmness, the nature of evil. Romance novels are acts of tremendous bravery, a heart-felt dare to believe that a better world is possible. That love conquers all. That if there is enough love, it will finally blot out the darkness. We don't say that we know life is a bowl of cherries. We say that we will never stop believing in a world where beauty and honor, love and light prevail. Where a good man is honorable and treats his children well, and makes his wife not only his beloved, but his kin. Where women don't leave their babies in dumpsters, but tend them with great love. In our books, there is not a teenager who cannot be saved, no grief that cannot be healed, no challenge without an answering courage and hope.
"Is it the real world? No. Do we know that? Absolutely. Does that mean our vision of the world is false? No way. We do it though we know this is not always reality - but it is true sometimes, and that's a lot. We do it with the faith that the possibility exists. We dare to say, aloud, and with defiance: Love heals. Love counters evil. Compassion soothes an angry heart. Love heals."