So what is it with me and romance?
Well, I want more than pink roses and a few shed tears. The end of a story that ends in her wearing a white dress and him in a tux bores me to death. Why? Because that's not romance, that's just the beginning. The commitment to love forever is easy to make but much harder to prove as time goes by. It's the struggle to love despite everything is what I find romantic. I'm interested in the kind of romance that moves the world. The kind of romance that changes people to an extreme, the kind of romance that makes people become better than what they were before. Many of the movies and books I read have a thread of romance in them, but it's the challenge to keep that love alive that interests me. Love has to challenge the individual. Prove to me you love me, not with a diamond ring, or with a bottle of fermented grapes, but with your every breath and core of being. I want to see you sweat, work, fight, and even willing to die or kill for me type of love. The rest is fluff for me; I simply can't help it. Because for me LOVE IS SACRIFICE.
If you read The Pulse Myths trilogy you know what I expect. It's an obvious romance but on a grand scale. It's Romeo and Juliet meet gladiator, meet Peter Pan, and Indiana Jones all at once. The Pulse is obviously an adventure about life and death; the two most important events in a life, and in-between we have two amazing individuals falling in love. The passion and intensity in which they love one another is simply at fever pitch. The dangers, hardships and adventures they share around the world is like a personal challenge that their love takes on to prove that they can make it through everything... even death?
So what about "86 Special" you ask me? My new novel that is categorized as "New Adult Romance" Well...it's real raw and takes place on a smaller scale. I wanted to challenge myself to prove that love can exist even in mere humans like Clay and Mary. However, they are not without challenges and it's definitely not a fluffy rose encrusted romance. Both characters are challenged to the max already, and let's not forget the large age difference that's almost like a personal enemy that's always there to make things hard on them. My other personal challenge was to write the story from the point of view of a young man, harder than I ever thought. It still has hot sexy scenes and plenty of passion. But I must admit it was a challenge to tell everyone I was writing a "romance novel" but I did it :p
I'll write more about romance novels and romance novel authors and what I've discovered about myself as I wrote "86 Special" next week...so stay tuned.