Busy week this week - I need to organise the cat-sitter, get my hair done, complete the work on my talk for the RNA conference. (I’m a little concerned because every time I ask the ConferenceOrganiser what she would like me to give a talk on she says ‘Well – I think we need something on Emotion’)
Is it something about me that makes her think of Emotion – the other thing she asks me to talk about is Conflict. So what does that say about me?
Or perhaps the truth is that it says something about my books. They’re filled with strong emotions – conflicts that come between the hero and the heroine and that they have to work to resolve in order to sort things out things and move on to their Happy Ever After Ending.
To be honest, this past couple of weeks have been filled with rather too much conflict and ill-feeling for me. It’s seemed that every day some new situation has erupted , rocking the balance of life, setting people at each other’s throats. The referendum ( sometimes called the ‘neverendum’ ) was supposed to resolve things but it seems to have done the opposite. No matter what the result, people are still unhappy, complaining, protesting. The atmosphere has just been grim and ill-tempered.
To be honest, this sort of thing has been making me glad that I write what I write – and it really makes me see just what people love romance novels so much. These books deal with situations that cause problems, difficulties that come between the hero and heroine, and show them working their way through them towards a happy resolution.
It’s not just a ‘but I love you’ declaration followed by the response ‘Oh- that’s all right then’ – and the couple fall into each other’s’ arms and walk off into the sunset.
Would you believe in that?
No, neither would I?
It’s something that hits home to me each time I run a workshop on Emotion – or Conflict . It’s the thing I value most about romances – and yet somehow it’s the things that most people seem to mock at them for. For being ‘over-emotional’ and perhaps melodramatic. But what I see when I’m reading is the way that a couple have to learn how to work with each other, change and adapt, compromise, in order to work towards that resolution where each of them is happy, where they can understand each other better, and can look forward to a future together.
It makes me wish that more people read romances – and read them properly. There is that message in the books that ‘Love conquers all’ but sometimes love has to be worked at – it isn’t all chocolate boxes and red roses and fluttering hearts. Sometimes those roses have thorns on them and too many chocolates can make you ill.
I’ve been reading a lot this last month – turning to romance authors to give me hope and some sense of positivity to build up against the negativity that seems to be everywhere right now. And I’ve loved coming back to my own story – the book I’m writing right now, and even as I’m creating more problems, more conflict for my hero and heroine I’m also laying down the foundations of the ways they will resolve those conflicts and set out on their new lives together at the end of the book.
There will be plenty of emotions along the way – but at the end the one real emotion that matters is that love that conquers all.
And at difficult times, ill-tempered times , times of upheaval, I'm extra glad that write these books that assert that important fact.
I'm currently working on a duet of books about two sisters so I'm having double the enjoyment creating double the conflict, double the emotion and double the resolution - with two happy endings to look forward to.
My next romance to be published will be Indebted to Moreno which is out in October. I don;t have the UK cover yet but I can share the USA one with you.
Also coming soon is a reprint of A Throne For The Taking - which was originally published in June 2013. This is reprinted in a 3 in 1 By Request - entitled Claiming His Princess which is out in August.