Writing romance sometimes is like handling a snake. In this case, I am the long haired woman with the tail end of a python. Love blooms when the following criteria are met:
- Both characters experience a trust in each other. (I actually have had previously training in how to handle and be respectful of snakes, so I found this event in Gatorland of Florida a lot of fun.)
- Both characters are surprised by qualities in the other they didn’t expect. (The first time I touched a snake, I was surprised to find it silky smooth. This snake started to curl his tail around my arm and then relaxed apparently sensing he was secure with me.)
- Love is walking into the unexpected together.
- When something goes wrong in the relationship, one or both characters may try to hide before they have to work it out or lose each other. (If they are a snake, they have the camouflage to hide well.)
- Love is warm and relaxing and perfect for cuddling. (Snakes feel that way too. They love the sun.)
I am currently working on the second book in the Arnhem Knights of New York series. My heroine and hero have to learn to trust in each other and themselves. As they experience a version of all the the above, I pay attention to the senses of sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch. Especially touch. It’s so much fun writing the details.
What details in romance do you love?
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!