Paranormal romance author Elizabeth Fisher lives in east Tennessee and has deep Appalachian roots that involve all the usual elements—moonshine stills, horse thieving ancestors and rumors of illicit banjo pickin’. Fortunately, due to her father’s less felonious North Carolina heritage, Fisher makes an honest living as a freelance editor and graphic designer. In her spare time, she reads, hikes and attempts to oil paint. She believes she’s making great strides in creatively incorporating the errant hairs of her cats—Buck and Bozo—into her still lifes. Her loving husband, Tim, is not so sure.
Curse Me Not
While we women authors often include at least a touch of romance in our novels, it doesn’t mean women understand romance better than men or even that we’re better at "working" it. Perhaps—and this is just my opinion—women simply have more fun with romance than men do.
Let’s suppose for a moment that the love of fun is the reason women authors rule the fiction genres that include a pivotal romantic element. Well, as the author of a novel with a romantic subplot, I can tell you that, for me at least, romance is more fun to have than to write.
Here’s the problem: Good fiction romance must be fresh absolutely, but it must also carry a few standard elements such as conflict, chemistry, obstacles and, finally, resolution (happy ending, tragedy or something somewhere in between). Thus, while romance is fun, writing about it can be “unfun.”
One thing I found as I wrote my novel Curse Me Not, the going got much easier when I decided to stick with a realistic, modern approach to the romantic element in the novel. As one of my reviewers (five stars, thank you very much) noted, the interaction between my heroine and her love interest was “sweet, sexy and more importantly, not cringe worthy.” Another reviewer commented that my treatment of romance was amusing and entertaining, but the focus on the actual plot was never “lost in the lust.”
While Curse Me Not can be classified as a paranormal romance or urban fantasy, the novel is far more than the story of a romance with a twist. It’s more of a twist with a little romance. After all, a woman is not defined by the romance she finds (or doesn’t find), and neither is my heroine.
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