Ah, the joys of authorship …
With my Douglas Clan series currently being re-released through Boroughs Publishing Group, A Noble Treason is unfortunately on hold (but still in the works, not to worry). The good news is that I am working on a stand-alone novel, called The Ghosts of Tullybrae House.
Check out the blurb and an excerpt at Goodreads.
I’m excited about this new work-in-progress, because it will be my first venture into contemporary romance. The Ghosts of Tullybrae House is a cross-over between contemporary romance, women’s fiction, and historical para-romance.
It has been a lot of fun, but I’ve also discovered new challenges I hadn’t anticipated. The main one being , how do you convey that all-important romance when your hero is … dead?
The ghost of the unknown Highlander has been a unique character to write. In this instance, I cannot rely on traditional communication to move the romance along. All of the well-trod standards and scenarios of your traditional romance sub-genres can’t be used. There is no witty banter upon first meeting. There is not that development of love as my characters spend more and more time in each other’s company.
They can’t even touch …
With that being the case, I’m finding that writing this love story is not coming as easily as it has in the past to me … not that I mind the challenge, of course. I’m more than up for it!
But here is a question for you. As a reader, how important is a physical relationship in the books you read? Is it imperative to you that the hero and heroine have physical contact? If not, then what essential elements do you need to see in order to be convinced of a love story?
As I navigate my way through this new story-telling territory I’ve landed myself in, I’d love to have your thoughts and insights to guide me. Let me know what you think!
Hmmm this is a tough one. I think physical touch is important. Though, reading about characters passion for one another without physical touch could be exciting, it would elicit more of a bitter sweet feeling. It could work, but the notion of never being able to touch could also be a bitter pill to swallow in the end. I do like the idea and I think it could make for a wonderful romance, though not without pain. Best, Koko
Thanks for your input. You’re right, bitter sweet is kind of where I’m sitting right now with this one. These are some great points for me to consider, I appreciate the insight 🙂
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