Romance author Janice Lynn agrees
It’s impossible to argue that 2020 wasn’t a tough year. We were all overwhelmed with Covid-19, elections, isolation, homeschooling, and, for many, job loss or illness.
I consider myself luckier than most, though I definitely experienced the loneliness since I am high risk and couldn’t be near most friends and family. I’ve spent a lot of time on my couch and thankful I have this guy with me.
My television has been on more than ever. I do my daily dose of various news stations to make sure I keep up with what is happening in the world. After all the (mostly) bad news, I find myself gravitating to more comedy, romance, and, most of all, the happy endings we haven’t gotten this year.
Within this scope, the Hallmark Channel has become a friend, especially with the all the new holiday movies continually popping up at the end of the year. They give the negative news a fantasy each night, as I can fall asleep to a couple in love. There is never a doubt when they finish that at least two people are going to be happy.
This is why I was intrigued in having a conversation with Janice Lynn. Lynn, a bestselling romance writer, has written over 30 novels, including many medical romances for Harlequin. Her latest book is with Hallmark Publishing. It is called Wrapped Up in Christmas Joy, and well worth a read if you are looking for an escape.
I asked the award-winning writer, if she agrees that Hallmark is so important right now.
“With as crazy as the world is, losing yourself in a Hallmark story provides a safe escape. It’s Hallmark so you know it’s going to have a happy ending. That’s important when our day to day lives are filled with negativity and an endless newsfeed of bad things.”
That happy ending is always there and important, but Lynn does feel there needs to be an actual story. As a military mom, she also finds a way to get a message in her stories.
Wrapped Up in Christmas Joy addresses Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in a former Marine, who had a horrific experience overseas. He is struggling with his mental health and the ability to get close to someone.
“It’s more than just the happy ending that I believe people find comforting,” she explained, “It’s the journey to that happy ending, the traditions, the innate goodness of the characters, the community spirit, the love.”
Lynn gave more insight, ‘People go to Hallmark over and over for the emotions they feel while watching the movies. Real life is failing to deliver those feel-good moments for so many and to get to experience them, even if for just a few hours, gives hope and lifts spirits.”
Janice Lynn, whose books have not yet been seen as movies on the channel, though she did get to talk about Wrapped Up in Christmas on Hallmark’s Home and Family with host Cameron Matheson.
Unfortunately, she doesn’t get to watch as much as much Hallmark as she’d like. She’s busier than ever with her first career, as a nurse practitioner. She does say that she always watches movies with her grandmother, who pretty much has the station on all day long.
Wrapped Up in Christmas Joy, in addition to showing the emotional struggles of returning military within the love story, also brings attention to Quilts of Valor. This non-profit organization began in 2003 with founder Catherine Roberts, whose son was deployed in Iraq.
It was Catherine’s dream to have quilts made to wrap and heal these veterans who have been dealing with the remnants of war. There are now over 10,000 volunteers around the country making quilts. Janice Lynn is one of them.
Lynn first examined Quilts of Valor in Wrapped Up in Christmas, also for Hallmark. She is currently writing Wrapped Up in Hope, which will continue with some of the characters in the two previous books. It will be out around Christmas 2021.
Whether you are reading or watching we all need hope at the end of 2020, and fun fantasy may just be the best option to leave the day’s troubles behind. Maybe it’s time to turn the television to a little romance.
For more information on Janice Lynn and her books, visit her website.