I have the pleasure of sharing a guest post from author Thea Landen, who shares her answer to my question...
ELF: What do you think is the strongest attraction about the genre(s) you like to write in?
TL: Ah, romance. You’d be hard-pressed to find any fictional story without some sort of romantic element in it. Even when it’s not the focus of the main plot, I love the little romantic asides. I guess I’m a shipper at heart.
It’s funny, if you met me in real life, I don’t think I come across as a romantic at all. I’m a super-organized, assertive Type A personality who probably uses too much sarcasm in her everyday life. I like schedules and routines and lists, and I even try to schedule my leisure time as best I can so I can fit everything in. I am married, but our relationship isn’t a syrupy sweet one, where we argue over who loves who more and post cute love notes to each other on Facebook. But somewhere, deep down, I suppose I do have a mushy little heart of gold.
If I had to guess, I’d say romance is so popular because at some point or another, everybody wants to be in love. Whether it’s the journey or the destination that’s more compelling, that ideal of love speaks to people. We want to cheer on our characters when they find happiness, even when (or especially when?) they struggle along the way.
Erotic romance in particular (my genre of choice) is growing more and more popular these days. A lot of people argue it’s because e-readers let you read things without letting the rest of the world know what you’re reading, and that’s probably pretty accurate. Me, I think part of it has to do with realism. Real life doesn’t “fade to black”, so why shouldn’t we see what our beloved characters are up to once they finally get together? A well-written explicit scene can make a “happily ever after” ending even more satisfying. And at the end of the day, I think that’s what all authors want, for their readers to feel truly satisfied when reading their works.
by Thea Landen
GENRE: erotic romance, mystery/thriller/suspense, contemporary romance
A murder mystery weekend goes awry when the guests start dying for real. Veronica is desperate to survive and escape, but can’t deny her growing attraction to Adam, the handsome man staying in the room next door. Can she trust his intentions, or has she wound up in the arms of a cold-blooded killer?
The crisp mountain air no longer felt so cold. Heat spread over my body. His head ducked down, and he captured my mouth in a gentle kiss. Soft lips pressed against mine. I melted farther into his embrace. His tongue slid forward, and I welcomed it, reveling in his sweet taste.
I ran my hands over his shoulders and laced my fingers behind his neck. Lost in his kiss, I pretended we were two normal people surrounded by beautiful scenery, doing nothing more than succumbing to a mutual attraction in one exhilarating moment. Even if something terrible happened to me later on, I could say I chose happiness over fear.
Our kiss grew more fervent, and his grip on me tightened. I let out a small whimper when he pulled away, but he beamed at me.
“Stay with me tonight,” he said.
The edge in his voice sent a shiver through me, although my cheeks burned hot.
“Since we don’t know what tomorrow will bring, let’s be together now.”
A tremble shook my knees, and I was glad his strength supported me. Several tiny wisps of doubt flitted through the back of my mind, yet my desire for him overpowered them.
“Okay,” I said, the single word all I managed to get out.
Adam took me by the hand and led me toward his room. I floated across the balcony behind him in a dreamy haze. Once he opened the door, though, all semblances of tenderness disappeared.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Thea Landen lives in New York with her husband and two children. She strives to encourage creativity and passion in all those around her, and uses writing to help inspire. Though she reads and writes in nearly all genres, she has a special fondness for science fiction, fantasy, and adventure and anything that pushes the imagination beyond its usual limits. When she’s not writing, or thinking about writing, her hands and mind are occupied by either yarn crafts or role-playing games.
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