It isn’t that I don’t like romance, because I do! I love it in books. In fact, I often feel something is lacking if there isn’t a little bit of lovey dovey stuff. There characters don’t even have to get together (or stay together), but I love that kind of strong emotional connection. I can think of several books where the romantic aspects either made or broke the story for me.
My plots are never romance-propelled. I always write stories about something else with a bit of romance weaved in. HUSHED isn’t a romance. It’s a thriller that happens to have a weird twist of love in it. Sometimes, this makes me sad, because I know so many readers love the romance in books and I don’t feel like I can deliver these epic love stories. All I can do is write what I write and hope people enjoy it, romantic or no.
I like slow-burn romance. (Evan and Archer are very much that way.) The instant love-at-first-sight stuff very, very rarely works for me. I like tension building, slow realization, and hesitation. I recently finished SAVING JUNE and thought the romance in that was well done. Then we can take a book like IMAGINARY GIRLS, which doesn’t really have romance in it. Just a little, and it isn’t the center of the book, but it creates its own quiet subplot which lends to the overall plot and makes the book that much more amazing.
I love a couple who will honestly make me think “will they, won’t they?” And sometimes, I like to be surprised when it turns out they don’t work out after all. A mixture really is what I love to see in books.
All this is, of course, a personal preference. I have friends who love romance-centric books where the relationship pushes the rest of the story and there’s nothing wrong with that. I hope there are plenty of others out there who like the romances that I’m capable of delivering.
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