Since I write contemporary and historical romance I find that falling in love is universal and crosses many language barriers.
The girl or boy next door, the one you practically grew up with, then you sort of take for granted they will always be there, but they aren't. Suddenly they are dating Joe Blow and you wonder what hit you. They may not be as sexy, but there is something about them that attracts you.
The tomboy girl, that suddenly grows up without you noticing. Oh yeah, this one can be very interesting and many people have written about this one. You never noticed the little gal who came out to work on your car with you a dozen times, has finally filled out and become, low and behold, a woman.
Then there are the co-workers that meet over the water fountain and start dating. After all, they have so much in common. Their conversation might start about work, but eventually, they start talking about their likes and dislikes and before you know it, they are dating.
Blind dates, this one is tough, because most blind dates just don't work out for some reason, but there are times when you don't realize you have much in common, but you do. Or your first impression was a bad one, but then she kissed you and darn if you didn't like it.
Then there are the match makers that try and create a romance where there is none. This can go either way, depending on their wave lengths.
Opposites attracting, He's a widower and a baseball nut, and she can't throw a ball, but she's the best cook in town, and willingly teaches his daughter how to. He loves the outdoors, she hates it, but helping her untangle her fishing line can turn out to be very interesting.
Age difference can be a barrier or an attraction sometimes. Young guy gets dumped too many times by his young girl friends, so he starts paying more attention to her widowed mother who happens to look very nice in that new swimsuit.
How about the old flame that comes back to haunt you just after you got engaged to another. So interesting how that flame didn't quite die. Can he get her back?
Pure lust isn't love, but sometimes we put the horse before the cart and realize we have a situation that may or may not make it. Just because a guy is cute doesn't mean you can marry them, but what if you just can't see anyone else for him? Do you get over them or do you make an effort to find out more about their personality, if he's worth having, he's worth knowing.
Today interracial romance can be exciting and creative, the hardships are obvious, but the solution is not always clear.
There are literally hundreds of ways that people fall in love, and that is how we romance writers think a lot of times.
Readers often ask how we come up with stories, well there are many ways. But sometimes we simply remember how a relative, or friend fell in love and use that as a basis for our stories. Come share your story with me today. How did you fall in love? Was it different?
In Just One Kiss you meet young Lee Nelson fixing to go to war, and an even younger Hattie Tanner, who is not only black, but a challenge to Lee that he can't forget. Eight years later Hattie is grown up and taking care of his land, and tempting him beyond belief. Can they make it work against all odds?