By: Tina Wainscott
Congratulations to "Marlene R." the winner of Tina's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!
I write romantic suspense, and I’m proud of it. I think the relationship is crucial to the storyline, to the characters’ growth, and especially for that HEA. I love the challenge of weaving in the development of the relationship with the suspense plot. I had published 16 romance and romantic suspense novels when I had an idea that pushed the boundaries of what I’d been writing. The heroine, for instance, lies on the witness stand to convict the sadistic stalker responsible for her sister’s death. I like moral ambiguity, because it’s something we all wrestle with in our lives. We’ve all told white lies. Perhaps not to the extent of perjury, but still …
And of course, I had a romantic element. Hero with mysterious intent. A shady background. The only problem was, I couldn’t bring him in until the second half of the book. I tried to figure out a way to introduce him earlier, but because of the nature of how he comes into Maggie’s life, it just wasn’t feasible. (I’ve learned that you cannot shoehorn an idea or character into a story. Readers are way too smart for that!) So it was either chuck the story or go with it anyway, knowing it wouldn’t be strictly a romantic suspense. I decided to go for it because the story didn’t want to let me go.
While the cover and description don’t speak to the romantic elements (because I don’t want to seem deceptive), I know romance readers will still enjoy the relationship, with its ups and downs. But I’d love to know what you think about how little is not enough? Or can you have too much? What about novels where the hero and heroine get together too early, resolving their conflicts and then solve the suspense plot as a cohesive team? Have you read a book marketed as a romantic suspense and then been disappointed in the romance element? (Please don’t mention titles, though) Share what your favorite romance/plot ratio is: 50/50, 70/30?
Comment to win a copy of my new sort-of romantic suspense release, UNTIL THE DAY YOU DIE! (ebook only)
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