Oh, Baby! - Writing to a Romance theme.
Thanks, RBH for inviting me back here to Romance Book Haven!
I’ve had a couple of great reviews for my debut book, One Month to Become a Mum, and I’ve been thrilled with the reception I’ve had for it so far. However, I found one comment, in particular, very interesting. The (wonderful) reviewer said she generally skipped over baby stories in books because she couldn’t identify with them. This comment touched a nerve for me as it tied in with an email from my editor suggesting I shouldn’t put children/pregnancies in every story because I’ll become typecast as ‘that author who writes babies.’ As I love babies and children I have used them a lot in my stories- a three year old in book one, an accidental pregnancy in book two- Waking Up with His Runaway Bride. And a labour and home delivery in book three The War hero’s Locked-Away Heart.
So in an effort to avoid being typecast and also to appeal to a wider readership I got to thinking about the kind of ‘tropes’ that exist in stories- which ones do I like, which ones do I usually steer clear of, and- as I’m plotting books four and five- which ones should I incorporate into my next stories?
Common romance tropes include:
· Ugly duckling- eg transformation
· Beauty and the beast- eg the scarred hero
· Cinderella- rags to riches
· Secret baby
· Accidental pregnancy
· Girl next door
· Best friend to lover
· Forbidden love (Romeo and Juliet)
· Love reunited
Me? I love a secret baby story and adore love reunited. There’s something I find immensely rewarding about a failed love that works second time round. I have never read a Sheikh story- for no reason other than I haven’t had the time and don’t know where to begin choosing one, there’s so many. And I’m an absolute sucker for a scarred hero. My book three, The War Hero’s Locked-Away Heart, due out in November, is about a man with physical and emotional scars. A brooding hero who needs to find his salvation through falling in love always makes me weak kneed!
So, what about you? Any favourite story themes? Any you hate? Any you think I could use for my next books? Can anyone recommend a great Sheikh book?