Post by Caragh M. O’Brien
One day, while rereading Captain Blood, I mentioned to my mother that what I liked most about Sabatini’s masterpiece was the way Peter Blood loved Arabella. Wistfully, I wished there were more books with love in them. Boy, did my mother have an answer for that. She swiftly passed me a Georgette Heyer novel, and I was hooked. It was thrilling to discover we had a whole category of books focused on love!
Now I understand even better why love works in books. Evolving relationships with their mistakes and tentative trust are a perfect way to reveal character. When I wrote my first novel, I naturally emulated what I loved to read, and I was thrilled when Mirage was picked up by Silhouette. I went on to write half a dozen romances, including a couple of Precious Gems which led me to friendships with the lovely ladies blogging here.
Birthmarked) or evil forces that are stealing their dreams (The Vault of Dreamers), they’re also having their first experiences with love. Firsts are huge. A first look or kiss can transform a person. A first betrayal can sting forever.
In my YA (young adult) novels, I have room to explore uncertainty, unexpected attractions, and confusion. I have characters who aren’t looking for love, and it isn’t clear when a guy shows up that he is The One. I can play with conventions, like when I invented a love square in Prized. To me, the romance feels risky because happily-ever-after is not a given. I like that. It's fun. It mimics real life. The books I enjoy most delve deeply into what makes us human, hearts included, and those are the stories I'm trying to write.
|Caragh M. O'Brien|