What have you read in romance books that made you stop in your tracks?
A physical description that amazed you? Or a personality trait that made you laugh aloud or cringe?
I like the unusual. I think it speaks to the imagination to not have the Ken and Barbie of romance novels.
I love to run my hands through a man's hair. Just love it. But what if I wrote a bald hero? Or one with a limp? Or a man in a wheelchair? Or a heroine with one arm?
Or if my heroine collected coffee beans? And had them in shadowboxes all over her kitchen? Or wore suspenders?
What if my hero was missing a thumb on one hand? Or wore a patch over his eye? Or collected thimbles? Or could sew a dress?
Characters need to be characters. They need to leap off the pages and grab the reader by the heart. By the throat. And keep them enthralled for page after page.
Because that's when the characters live for us. Not merely exist.
And those are the ones I remember.
3 months ago