It goes without saying.
We are writing Romance, aren’t we?
With such a wide spectrum of choices available to people who enjoy reading, I prefer Romance. The first Romance I read as a pre-teen was Lost Island by Phyllis A. Whitney. I’ve been hooked ever since and have been a faithful reader of romance. I thrive on reading and writing books with the all important HEA…Happily Ever After. The twists and turns of the plot can take Romance readers on a wild ride, but in the end we expect the hero and heroine to achieve that all important ending. They don’t have to get married and buy a house with a white picket fence or have babies, but the ending must be satisfying to the reader.
As a writer, I have to go one step beyond that… I have to satisfy my characters. If they aren’t happy with what I’m writing, and as odd as it may seem, the do wake me up arguing in my head, they will definitely let me know. I always have a synopsis that I try to follow, but there are times when my characters, balk refusing to follow the plan. When I force them to, it shows in the story. So over the years, I’ve learned to compromise.
I was planning murder and mayhem in THE SAXON BRIDE. Harald the Saxon captures Lady Eyreka and Augustin de Chauret’s daughter Angelique, BUT Lady Eyreka isn’t the type of woman to sit and wait to be rescued by her new husband, and she certainly doesn’t want to have to wait for Augustin to show up and save the day (which BTW was my original plan). She waits until de Chauret and his men storm the rebel’s camp, and then at a crucial moment, throws herself in front of Angelique, protecting the little girl from Harald the Saxon’s blade, taking the blade for the stepdaughter she’s come to love. OK, so Lady Eyreka's idea really worked. It pays to listen to your characters.
Then there’s Emily, my heroine in TYLER, my March release from Sourcebooks, while she’s no pushover, I had no idea she would go to such lengths to protect her budding relationship with Tyler when his ex shows up, showing off her engagement ring in front of Emily while Tyler’s innocently stripping down to this black spandex briefs and chaps on stage—did I mention that Tyler will do ANYTHING to save the Circle G? Emily is a woman who knows what she wants— Tyler— she clenches her hand into a fist and punches the busty blonde in the nose. Emily and I are quite satisfied with the outcome.Life can be tragic or magic, with stumbling blocks and and heartaches, or new beginnings and celebrations along the way. I read and write Romance because I don’t want to read or write about real life… I read to escape the real world and have a feeling other Romance readers do the same. I’ve been fortunate enough to have married the man who stole my heart when I was seventeen…he’s kept it safe and sound all these years and given me the greatest of gifts in return, his love and our three amazing children (now adults)…best of all, the dear man never complains when I ask him to help me research love scenes. Can a Romance writer ask for more?
Because after all...
May you find your hero because...
Stop by my website www.chadmirand.com to read an excerpt from TYLER, the first book in my new series The Secret Life of Cowboys releasing March 1, 2011.
While you’re there, check out my current releases, A GIFT FROM HOME and THE SAXON BRIDE.