If you don’t already know, I adore Christy. Not only is she a fabulous writer, but she is a lovely person as well. So today, while I have to go do lawyer-ly work like things for my job, she has graciously agreed to come take over my blog and talk about the joy in romance.
She is graciously giving away a signed copy of Much Ado About Jack, US Only
I find a lot of joy in romance novels. I love watching my characters find each other, and figure out ways to stay together. They are usually separated by social barriers like class, as Captain James “Jack” Montgomery and the Countess of Devonshire, Angelique Beauchamp are in MUCH ADO ABOUT JACK. A captain of the line who is the son of a baronet should not be able to marry a countess, even a dowager countess, no matter how much money he made in the war. Of course, as a fiction writer, I can overlook that barrier and watch gleefully as my characters climb over it. It turns out that Angelique is the daughter of a sea captain, and in spite of the lofty company she has kept since her marriage (Earl of Ravensbrook, Duchess of Hawthorne, the Prince Regent), she is not a snob.
One of the challenges I face as a writer is making my characters suffer. I only want to see them be happy, but that is not a novel with conflicts that lead my heroes and heroines to know each other better, and no one else would want to read it but me. I have to find ways to separate the lovers in my books and place obstacles for them to vault over in order to be together.
While I enjoy watching them come together and spar, I do not like to see my characters in pain. But life is pain, and the conflict of fiction does not run without the fuel of pain. Though I tell what are basically grown up fairy tales, without the pain to leaven them, the stories would be too unbelievable to enjoy. So my characters suffer, and I cringe as I write those scenes, and I smile and relax as true love triumphs, as it always does by the end of my books. Because what offers more joy than love, in all its many forms and guises?
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