If you write romantic fiction, you’ll need to create a hero and heroine and let your readers know them by writing scenes from their points of view. That’s right, from theirs only, not “bird’s eye”. If you write romantic fiction, you can add the antagonist’s POV, but you probably won’t want to do that right away because it would solve the mystery too soon. Your readers enjoy wondering and worrying about what might happen and how. To make the relationship interesting, your hero and heroine need a bit of conflict that drives them apart but also need to feel the spark that drives them together. Lover boy is concerned can’t be scared. Maybe he’s plagued by enough heartache to make him human but is a force of decency. Your reader must trust him. Capable of nailing a serial killer and manly enough to flash an occasional dimple, he’s not a “one note.” You may mention the square jaw and barrel chest, but your guy is also character driven. In my work-in-progress, FACEBOOK BRIDE, my hero is a CPA, the surviving partner after “Facebook Bride’s” husband was killed in a drive-by shooting. You guessed it, friends, the drive-by was not accidental, and he needs to protect her, but my heroine is not weak. She’s intelligent, but her weakness is her maternal side, and wanting to care for someone takes her down a dangerous path. In FACEBOOK BRIDE, a romantic suspense, I’m writing big action moments and also quiet ones between hero and heroine. I want my antagonist to surprise my readers. This is the second story of my Mountain Lake Series in Winter, and the first, THIRD COUSINS ONCE REMOVED, is being considered by a publisher.
I will teach two classes (each a month long) on the topic of Point of View for Romance Writers of America chapters.