Romance – love it or leave it?


Does a good story always need a love interest? The answer for me is, sometimes.

I’ve never had the courage to have a really intense romance in my writing before. When I have had a touch of love interest, it’s always been slightly – um – odd? By that I mean it’s always been nigh on invisible, in that there’s a quick mention that so and so fell for whatshername and I’ve left it at that.

I remember years ago I wrote a rather pathetic novel called “Two Faced”, the least said about it the better. Anyway, I’d go along each week to my local writers group, eagerly clutching the latest chapter. I’d read it out and lap up the feedback, which was nearly always complimentary in those days and quite undeserved.

One week I’d inserted a kiss between the two main characters, hopeful it would go down well. But as I began to read it out, I realised how stilted and cliched it was – boy was my face red!

The point is, it’s very hard to write a romantic scene, without making a fool of yourself – at least it is for me. My admiration for those who can, has no bounds. However, in my current book, Through the Gloaming and the one in progress, Dawn Horizon, the main character, Jeremiah Tully, has a love interest.

I’ve tried to make it tender and gentle, without being cringe-worthy and have hopefully succeeded. The only other “love interest” was a retrospective relationship between Zeb and Helen, in Land of Midnight Days, which ended badly, so this is quite a departure for me.

Will Jeremiah and his love win through and live happily ever after? I haven’t decided yet. 😉



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6 Responses to “Romance – love it or leave it?”

  1. It always seems to me to be a bit voyeuristic. Difficult not to feel you’re exposing something that’s private business between your characters.


  2. I too find it challenging to write love scenes that don’t have the cringe factor, though I did enjoy sculpting the erotic moments in my novel. How players express themselves erotically, gentle, serious, flippant, rough, can reveal deeper aspects of their character.


  3. I like to add a little romance to my stories, but not much. I write fantasy, suspense, thriller and horror so I sprinkle a little romance here and there to ease the tension. I do this with humor too.
    Kate, I’m following you on Twitter now too. 😉


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