by Donna Alward
Romance writers walk a fine line sometimes. There are often reader expectations – sometimes for tone, sensuality level, tropes, whatever. The trick is finding a new way to deliver the sort of story your readers expect. And the more stories you write, the more challenging it can get. My pal Liz Fielding blogged about it on The Chocolate Box a few weeks ago – being in the middle of a book and realizing a character already did such and such or you’ve already used that name or premise and trying to come up with something different – and yet the same.
After 25+ books, I was starting to feel that way. And yet there was still one hook I hadn’t used yet: the good old “sperm bank” hook.
Are you rolling your eyes?
I did the same thing when my critique partner a few years ago suggested I write an amnesia story for a special project. I took up the challenge and enjoyed it a lot.
|A Cowboy to Come Home To|
by Donna Alward
But Melissa *is* interested in a family of her own, so she’s looking at going it solo, much to her parents’ dismay. And Cadence Creek is a small town – she’s well aware that there will be whispers and rumours. But she’s a strong girl. The only problem is the procedures haven’t worked yet.
Yay me! I found something new to write about. But then there’s another tricky bit – and that’s taking something that is potentially cliché and making it genuine. And that comes down to character. Melissa was so hurt from being betrayed, but she was such a sweetheart that I knew she deserved to be a mom if she really wanted it. I admired her strength and determination – especially as a small business owner used to standing on her own two feet. Yeah, it was unorthodox, especially since a lot of my plotlines are a bit more on the “traditional” side of things. But I had a blast writing it and I hope readers really like it too.
Are there any plot hooks that make you roll your eyes, and have you read any stories that made you change your mind?