Before TOOTH AND NAIL, my published work was in the romance genre, and the romance was the story. The romance drove the conflict; the romance ramped up the motivation. Perhaps the hero or heroine were trying to solve a crime, or trying to save a farm, or trying to put each other out of business, but the outer plot was secondary to the question: will they end up together at the end?
But aside from the romance genre, you’d be hard pressed to find a mainstream book or movie that doesn’t have woven through it some element of romance. Once romance is introduced, it brings the reader or viewer closer to the story. There is now a deep, meaningful way to connect to the characters. Romance is the great storyline equalizer.
Your reader may not be a nunchuks expert; your reader may not be the president of a galaxy; your reader may not be a succubus. (Or maybe the reader is. Probably not.) But…your reader has very likely been in love.
For love, a character will transform into his best self. For love, a character will break the law, or do things she never thought she could. Love will change the story, and change the characters, for better or worse.
– Jennifer SafreyRead More...