By: Angi Morgan
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How quick is too quick for readers to believe in a Happily Ever After at the end of a romantic suspense? If the characters have known each other before (reuniting for the story) does it make it easier to believe in their HEA?
I find myself leaving a lot more open-ended HEAs that are implied, "I'm ready to explore this chemistry between us" type endings. (Oooo that's actually a good line, I should use it.) I guess I have a hard time believing in couples jumping into marriage after they've known each other such a short time. (I had to face that I wouldn't want my daughter to.)
For instance, in THE MARINE'S LAST DEFENSE, the entire story takes place in less than three days. There's lots of chemistry, but I'm the author and *I* couldn't suspend my disbelief that the hero would propose. LOL So I wrote an epilogue where Jake and Bree get back together after they've had time to ponder the chemistry a while. At the end of the story, they're willing to give a relationship a chance.
It seems that I write two types of stories (I'm going to have to branch out with the next one I write): reuniting hero and heroines
Hill Country Holdup
Protecting Their Child
Navy SEAL Surrender (coming up in May)
or complete strangers
.38 Caliber Cover-Up
The Marine's Last Defense
The Renegade Rancher
When the hero and heroine have a back story, they realize they made a mistake by letting the other person go. So working that HEA is easy to do. Strangers…it's the realization that they've never felt this way about anyone else. Challenging, but it's always fun to write about first loves. I haven't tried colleagues working the same case or the guy next door lending a helping hand (I do have one of these in the works). Then again, most of my stories (okay, all of my books) take place in such a short period of time, it's harder to write these types of story-lines.
So what do you prefer? Do you want that HEA ending sewn up in a wedding ring, or are you fine with just getting the hero and heroine together? Does real life play a part in your opinion? Do you want or like suspense books that take longer for the good guys to handcuff the bad guys? I just finished writing THE SHERIFF (takes place in 7 days) and I think that's the longest amount of time I've written about.
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ANGI MORGAN writes “Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love.” She combines actual Texas settings with characters who are in realistic and dangerous situations. Angi's work has been a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best Award, Romantic Times Best First Series, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Daphne du Maurier.
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