It’s Valentine’s Day, and I'm happy to talk about the topic on almost every American’s mind. But I'm going to take a slightly different tack on the subject by focusing on characters who shun romance. As you know, I write romance/suspense. I like to see events shake up a hero and heroine, pushing them to address their flaws and opening them to love and be loved. I enjoy being the author-puppeteer, urging transformations in my characters.
In real life, people don’t change very much, probably because their ‘shake-up’ never comes. Still, we readers are eager to live, vicariously, the tumultuous lives of heros and heroines in a romantic suspense.
The mathematics I use in writing the story is interesting. If I ramp up the flaws in a character, I must also intensify the events as well as sharpen the elements of the love interest. But I have to be careful: the reader has to believe the transformation is possible.
Linda Howard, who writes fabulous romantic suspense, meets this challenge in DEATH ANGEL, with a terribly flawed hero. Impossible, yet, believable transformations. One of my favorite contemporary romances, WHEN VENUS FELL, by Deborah Smith, gets my ‘A’ as well in presenting a damaged hero and heroine.
I’d like to know what romance novels you’ve enjoyed that present an extremely flawed hero/heroine whose character arc is well-crafted. I need more pep pills…those stories charge me up!
Take a look at my Funeral Planner Suspense Series for a heroine who’s forced to change. Here's SWOON:
“Don't miss SWOON by Rolynn Anderson! If you like an interesting cast of characters, a heavy dose of mystery and a lot of fabulous surprises, you'll be happily turning pages late into the night.ˮ
~ Brenda Novak, NYT and USA Bestselling Author of WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES
Her dead clients won’t rest in peace.
When the dead tell tales, Jan Solvang’s first reaction is to RUN! But then she gets caught up in their mysteries.
Jan’s a boutique funeral planner, new to risk, hired to bury a missing woman and memorialize an infamous man. Yet when she digs for clues to write their eulogies, she disturbs family secrets and unmasks killers.
Roman Keller, hard-driving documentary writer, is in complete control of his life and his stories, until he falls for Jan, a woman who trusts her dog, her faint-dreams, and her instincts more than she trusts him.
Can they make the sacrifices necessary to cement their relationship or will the mayhem caused by the dead ruin their second chance at love?
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