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Thursday, 1 November 2012

Use past experiences when writing romance says

Adrianna Morgan

Romance is all about finding that special someone and discovering why they are that special someone.  It takes quite a bit to write about romance.  When writing “Once upon a Fairytale Princess,” I found myself recalling the worst relationships I ever had, trudging through the worst dates, and even reliving (gasp) the worst lovers I’d been with.  This makes writing romance more than researching affairs of the heart.  It’s a retelling how you reacted in a similar situation and how your character would react now.

One of the sad things about many romance novels is that the heroines are always simpering willows who cry on every other page or the man-hating, never-fall-in-love-again characters who are so acerbic that, as a reader, you have no interest in hearing her side of the story.  It is hard to find that balance when it comes to emotions but it is best to use yourself as an example.  We have all been heart-broken before; sitting on your bed with a large pizza, bag of chocolates and a box of Kleenex next to you as you cry.  Fast forward ten minutes and you are no longer crying instead, you are wishing death upon the man who hurt you.  An hour later, you are watching TV or perhaps have fallen asleep or you may be out on the town with friends.

Strong emotions in romance involve that ping-ponging back and forth, and while it can be the most devastating thing at the time, using that personal experience is what makes a good romance even better. 

Sex scenes are the hardest for me to write.  It’s not that I’m shy, but once again, balance is the key.  My erotic fairytales collection, “Fairytale Flirtations” ranges from sex in a crowded ballroom, to a private bedroom, and a nightclub bathroom.  The sex scenes should complement not only the book, but also the characters and their personalities.  A librarian should not become a dominatrix unless that is a part of the story.  And that can work—in the right kind of story. 

Sex does not have to be dry or boring, but to make it romantic, it has to be more than just sex; there has to be that element of the heart in the scene to make it romantic and believable.  It might be easier for a woman to write in this genre because we know what appeals to other women, but men can be just as successful.  Weaving a good story filled with romance, drama, conflict and the requisite happy ending can make for an excellent novel regardless of the gender of the author. 

Once Upon A Fairytale Princess 

In a matter of moments, Ella Fitzpatrick’s life went from bad to worse. Her father’s boast pits her against every seamstress in the village all vying for the ultimate prize—guest of honor at the Prince’s ball. Once there, Ella catches the eye of the charming prince and manages to make a powerful enemy; one who is not above using magic to aid her quest. Now Ella is on the run, chasing the very villain who killed her mother ten years ago and who may be trying to kill her now. The only thing stopping Ella is her lack of knowledge about her own magical background—and Hunter, the Prince’s brooding bodyguard. Hunter Kirk has been in love with Ella since she promised to marry him when they were children. Now she is pledged to his Prince and someone might be trying to kill her. He has to get to her before the last Fitzpatrick sorceress is killed—and he loses his chance to tell her how much he loves her.

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Adrianna Morgan was born in the Bahamas. Of both West Indian and African ancestry, she was exposed to the shadowy world of the supernatural at a young age. She was blessed with a mother that knew the importance of a good ghost story making her fascinated by anything that goes bump in the night. Adrianna is obsessed with werewolves, vampires and demons, oh my! 

A Marine Biology teacher by day, she is still intrigued by the weird and the unusual. Currently, she has 10 books on Amazon and has challenged herself to write one full novel per month this year, although she admits she is ready to throw in the towel. Almost.  

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