Wordsmith– I also write books

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.


6 thoughts on “Wordsmith– I also write books

  1. Kathleen Rowland

    Writers create vivid scenes in places they know. The mountain lake community of Big Bear/Lake Arrowhead is familiar to me. Sometimes we rent a big cabin on the lake over Christmas and ski. In summer we camped when our kids were young. From our Southern California backyard, we can see snow capped mountains.

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Mary Alice, some locations are real but some are fictional. In THIRD COUSINS ONCE REMOVED, cop hero Byron McGill’s parents run fictional Skipjack Bait Shop, but it’s located at the end of a real street in Big Bear Village, Pine Knott! Byron’s house is on a real street overlooking the lake, and when I wrote a scene from heroine Penny’s point of view, she sees the lake and village from that vantage point.

  3. Janessa Breckenridge

    I’m looking forward to reading these stories, Kathleen. I also enjoy driving up to Big Bear– such a contrast from down here in Irvine Valley.

  4. Kathleen Rowland

    Ha ha. I should explain the “909er” label– it’s the area code for Riverside Country. Some of those in L.A. and Orange County picture 909ers as a rougher bunch, but they do own more trucks and are aggressive drivers. You might say, they are “country”.

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