Romance Writers Weekly


Hello and welcome to our weekly hop. We are so glad you’ve joined us!

Here is this week’s challenge:

Name something in your writing that you do really well. It can be a trope or the way you write your heroes. Tell us why this works for you and why readers love it.

Of course this is subjective, but I think my characters are well crafted and believable. But first I come up with a time in history, whether present or historical. Then I come up with a story idea, and it obviously has to be populated with people.

I have to figure out who these people are to make them real to me and real to my readers. So I need to determine what they’re like. Their family life, favorite color, quirks, job, etc. The more I know about them, the more complete my picture. It’s very important to understand how they would react in various situations.

When they meet their love interest, are they attracted right away? Do they withdraw? Because that reaction has to be consistent with who they are and their experiences.

They need friends and enemies to make the story interesting, so those people need a history as well. Why are they friends with the hero or heroine? What about the villains? What is their motivation. And what weapons do my hero/heroines have in their arsenal to win the conflict.

And finally, when we get to the happily ever after, is it believable? Have they overcome the obstacles to their relationship, both external and internal? Have they grown? Does it all make sense? And does it work in the context of the story and time period?

Research isn’t about just looking things up. It’s about going inside and looking at yourself and understanding who you are and why you are. And then taking that information and changing it so that it makes sense for the characters. And the bonus is I get to live vicariously through the people I create. It a fun adventure and I think I succeed in making it translate to my stories.

Now let’s pop over to the fabulous PG Forte and hear about her strengths…

But first, you have to check this out!

Twice each year, Aine Murphy ventures into the woods to hold ceremonies to honor the Oak King and the Holly King, never dreaming these Lords of the Forest could be anything more than myth. When the legends spring to life in front of her, how can she help but fall for the sexy demi-gods she’s loved all her life?

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