By: Kylie Brant
Congratulations to Marybelle, the winner of Kylie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.
What?? Me Worry??
Maybe you don’t think about worry and romantic suspense novels as being linked. But they are—inextricably. As a matter of fact, the author is doing everything in her power to make sure you worry throughout the book.
The purpose of suspense is to ratchet up anxiety in the reader. When you’re anxious about our characters, about the outcome of the story, about the happily-ever-after, you turn pages. We’re trying to evoke the sort of emotional investment that will make it difficult for the reader to put the book down. We hope for a lasting response that will have the characters lingering in your memory long after the book is done. There’s nothing more satisfying to an author than to hear that a reader re-reads our books over and over; that they’ve been elevated to ‘keeper status’. That’s our goal when we write, that ah-h factor.
But before you get there, you have to worry.
Authors are tricky J. First we make you care about the story people we’ve created. And once you really, really want the hero and heroine to get together—we throw obstacle after obstacle at them to make the HEA more difficult to achieve. And in romantic suspense that also include danger and physical jeopardy to make the reader doubt the characters will even make it through alive. Hard not to worry when the hero and heroine are trapped in a burning building. Or when the heroine is caught by the serial killer she’s tracking.
Sometimes the anxiety about the story’s outcome comes from more mundane scenarios, but the reader still has to fear for the HEA. Can the hero overcome his trust issues to ever truly let the heroine close? Can she let go of the damage inflicted by a past trauma to love again? As readers, we worry about those things throughout the book. And when love triumphs through it all--when the author has done her job well--we’re rewarded with that satisfying ah-h ending.
Which books have you read that really had you doubting the happy outcome of the story? Do you have characters that have remained favorites because of all the worry they caused you in their story?
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