Romance is all about relationships and beginnings. Two people meet, and sparks fly—sometimes not romantic sparks at first.
They might have a ferocious argument right off the bat, or maybe they’re on opposing sides of a situation they care deeply about. The secret for the writer is the intensity of the reaction they have to one another.
And then during the development of the story, they find that intensity develops into love.
Here’s the thing: I’ve been writing romances and selling them since I was in my forties. I’m now in my late seventies, and wouldn’t you think I’d have learned through the course of sixty plus published books how to write a romance?
I’ve always wondered what it was like to be a woman doctor in the early days on the western frontier. It was hard enough for pioneer women even without an MD attached to their name. So I decided that Mary, the feisty baby born at the end of Lantern In The Window, would be tough enough to take on the challenge.
A funny thing happened to me on the way to the next book
I woke up one morning and couldn’t breathe. An exciting trip in an ambulance to the nearest large hospital resulted in my being told I had embolisms in both lungs, life threatening, probably caused by an underlying cancer.
There’s this hospital, St. Josephs Medical Center, in Vancouver, B.C.
A doctor I know really well works there. She’s an ER doctor, she performs well under pressure, she’s cool in emergencies, she’s talented and smart and inventive. She’s married to Cameron Ross, RCMP Sergeant, who’s working undercover on drug squad. They’re very much in love, and they love the life they have.
Sometimes it’s magical how miniature scraps of observation come together to form a book.
STAND BY YOUR MAN is a detective-love story. I was at the hair dressers one day when a gorgeous woman beside me took a call on her cell, and from the ensuing conversation, I figured out she was a detective. A private detective, she was kind enough to tell me. And she agreed to let me buy her lunch.
Everyone knows books begin with an idea. But where do ideas come from? In the next series of blog posts, I’m going to take each book I’ve written and explain the seminal idea that created it.
ISLAND SUNRISE is my latest Amazon ebook. It began years ago when I was staying at a surfer’s camp near Haleiwa, Hawaii. Located about one-hour drive from Waikiki, Haleiwa and the North Shore of Oahu are known as the surfing capital of the world. Haleiwa, pronounced hah-lay-EE-wah is an old community dating back to the 1900s devoted to the sugar plantation industry.
Everyone who reads romantic fiction has an opinion on this touchy subject (no pun intended.)
For me, the essence of a romance novel is the relationship between the main characters, and relationship must involve more than the sexual aspects.
So how the characters interact before they have a sexual encounter, their problems, their strengths and weaknesses, are far more engaging than the sex scenes themselves—not that well written sexual encounters aren’t fun reading, they absolutely are. (Emphasis here on well written.)
My name is Bobby, and I’m a Gabaldon addict.
I regularly re-read the Outlander series, working my way through one after the other, thousands of pages, as entranced as I was the first time I discovered them. I read when I should be sleeping, and then dream about Claire and Jamie, about Brianna and Roger. I’ve already pre-ordered the new one, Written In My Own Heart’s Blood. I’m terrified that Gabaldon will decide Jamie has to die, or Claire. I need an intervention.
Okay, so every book has a romantic hero–or heroine, or both. They’re the ones we cheer for as the story unfolds. They’re the ones we fall in love with. They’re strong, and smart, and honorable and generous. Sure, they have their faults–after all, they’re human, right? (Well, within the context of the story, they are.)
Who are the most memorable? I can hear you hollering, Rhett Butler, from Gone With The Wind. Johnny Depp, from Pirates of the Caribbean. Jamie Fraser, from Outlander. Gandolf, from Lord Of The Rings. James Bond. Tarzan. The Cat In The Hat.