Writing about romance can be difficult. You want your audience to find something new in your story that doesn’t exist in the thousands of other romance stories available. Let’s face it there are hundreds of books published each day. Most of these are ebooks and are available for just a few dollars almost immediately after they’ve been published. There are also hundreds of titles in the Mills and Boon series. That’s a big market to compete with.
So, what do you do?
I have been reading romance books for years. As an author of children’s books you are probably thinking what could I know about this topic? We all know that real life is never quite reflected in romance plots but there are times when it comes really close. That’s why I enjoy reading them so much. They remind me of those special times I shared with my partner.
Here are three ideas that will help your romance book stand out and be a little bit more special than your competitors.
Anyone will tell you that a good romance has to have a fairy tale ending, but does it? Perhaps the guy is not quite what the girl wanted? That doesn’t make the story boring. In fact, it opens up the opportunity for the author to write a follow up book. Imagine if Cinderella got to the palace and her prince charming was picking his nose! Ewww … she’d be straight out that door and off to find another prince.
Also, one thing I don’t like is perfect female characters in romance stories. They just seem unrealistic. I like my heroine to be flawed – not a lot but just a little. Perhaps she snorts when she laughs; perhaps she has OCD issues and she spends a lot of time trying to hide them from Mr. Perfect or; she worries a little bit too much about growing a moustache like her elderly aunt? Who knows, but if we’re honest there a many things that we have wrong with us we’d rather not tell a prospective partner. It’s these things that make your character warm and realistic. Also, your reader will identify with someone who is realistic.
Most of us don’t get the opportunity to fall in love on a deserted island or in a castle. Most people fall in love with someone at work or on the train. I would like to think that love will blossom anywhere at any time so be creative when you’re thinking of where to set your story. By celebrating the ordinary you can make your next romance book super extraordinary and your readers will thank you for it.
When a girl can’t get the boy she wants what does she do? For many women they turn to the undying love of their dog or cat. And who can blame them? This is one of the reasons why I write books about animals and my main characters are dogs. They’re not just any dog but ones I know and love. All the characters in my books are based on real dogs and cats and I love them all.
Love is essentially the most important thing to all human beings. Celebrate the quirky, the strained and the stresses of romance and your love story will definitely blossom.
About Susan Day
Susan Day is passionate about children’s literature and wants to inspire to follow their dreams. She created the Astro’s Adventures series and is currently illustrating other titles for children.
Susan travelled around the world twice before she was seven years old. It was the sixties and the cheapest way to circumnavigate the globe was by cruise ship. It seemed only fitting that the wonderful events she experienced and the places she visited on these journeys be recorded for history. Thus, her story telling skills began. Firstly, to Rupert Bear, her lifelong companion, and then to a host of imaginary friends and finally to her pet dog once the family finally set down roots in Australia.
Each book Susan creates encourages and promotes the wonderful art of story-telling with organic illustrations that reach to the very essence of the reader portraying similar character traits that their pets share.
Susan shares her home with the dogs, in particular, Rocky, Stella, Alfie and Digger, three rescue guinea pigs, two bossy cats and a very patient husband.
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