Hey, all–if you’re a lesfic author (whether new or not-so-new), Fran Walker’s guest blog this past Thursday provides some great tips about contracts. Check it out.
All rightie–newsie stuff. I’ll be on Lara Zielinsky‘s blog talk radio show tomorrow (that’s Saturday the 13th, 2010), “Readings in Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Fiction.” There is audience participation–you can call in or participate in the chatroom. The time tomorrow will be 1 PM Pacific, 2 PM Mountain, 3 PM Central, or 4 PM Eastern, depending on where in the States you are. Here’s the URL: http://blogtalkradio.com/Lara-Zielinsky
My awesome co-editor on Skulls and Crossbones will also stop in for some chat-time, so we do hope you can tune in. And for those who caught JD Glass on the show this past Thursday–WOOOO! JD rocks the house!
So there you go.
All right–I’m hoping to get reader input again, because I dig that. I was thinking today about “HEA”–that is, “Happily Ever After.” Generally, that’s part of the formula for romance, whether GLBTQ or heterosexual. You’ve got to have that HEA in there, or it’s not a romance.
Or is it? I’m curious, readers.
Do you read romance because you know that it’ll probably end in a good way, with the characters deciding to give the relationship a shot, declaring their love for each other, and riding off into the sunset? If a book billed as “romance” doesn’t end with that HEA, do you as a reader feel somehow cheated? I ask, because in real life, romance is nice, but relationships are hard. The start-up is the goofy, fun, “can’t-stop-thinking-about-her” stuff and GOD(DESS) that’s great. No arguments here. But when that romance book ends, do you find yourself thinking “okay, they had some nice sparks, but no way in hell are those two going to last.” And if you do find yourself thinking that, are you disappointed in the book? Or are you just glad it ended where it did, because you just know if there’s a part 2, those two characters just aren’t going to work out.
I was having this discussion with fellow author C. P. (Cathy) Rowlands. She made a comment after reading the third book in my New Mexico series (The Ties that Bind) with regard to the relationship between K.C. and Sage. They originally hooked up in Land of Entrapment, but here it is a couple of years later. Cathy commented–and thank you so much, Cathy–that she was pleased to see how the relationship between K.C. and Sage was evolving and I commented back that yes, that wonderful buzz you get at the start of a relationship is way fun–that’s the stuff of life. But what interests me is the aftermath. Are these characters compatible? Can they live and grow as characters in a relationship? Does what I write evoke, in some ways, life?
As a writer, I think it’s much harder to keep characters together than it is to GET them together, and I’ll be honest with you here, readers, Ties gave me some fits when I was writing it because I wanted to capture a relationship between two strong women who care about each other deeply but who also are at odds with each other in some respects–how to negotiate that effectively and believably? It took time, and frustration, for me as a writer to grow into the relationship that’s evolving (good word, Cathy) between K.C. and Sage.
So as readers, are you as into the aftermath of the hook-up as you are with regard to the hook-up itself? And how important IS that HEA to you? And do you look for it in other genres–not just romance?
Many thanks for hanging out with me, readers, and I love hearing your thoughts and your comments.
Happy weekend, and don’t forget! It’s Daylight Savings Time! Set your clocks ahead either Saturday night or Sunday morning! Perhaps spring is finally upon us!