Monday, January 29, 2018

Romance Writers and Marriage Counselors Agree #KensingtonRomance #historicalromance #theroughpatch

Hello, hope 2018 goes well for you with lots of books on your TBR pile. May I add one?

I like to write about falling in love in the midst of family, knowing that it’s hard to get marriage and parenting right. Both are long-term relationships between distinct individuals that require of each person in the relationship his/her best qualities—thoughtfulness, kindness, and courage. No one knew that better than Jane Austen.

In her new book The Rough Patch: Marriage and the Art of Living Together, therapist Daphne de Marneffe says that most advice books don’t put the two pieces together: “the arc of the individual life course with the marriage piece.”

That’s precisely what Romance novels do put together through the plot. As she plots her novel, the Romance writer works with two protagonists whose individual journeys must mesh in a new relationship to create the happily ever after. Years ago writers Cowden, LaFever, and Viders described in The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes & Heroines how the romance plot is structured around three relational stages between the hero and heroine: “They clash; they mesh; they change.” As therapist Marneffe puts it, “We’re always trying to mesh our relational lives and our individual journeys.”

Once again, in my new Husband Hunter series from Kensington, I’m interested in meshing those individual journeys with the relational lives of my heroes and heroines, for Hazelwood the disgraced Viscount and spy and Jane, the outsider in London society; for Harry Clare, spy and soldier who has never quite come home, and Lucy Holbrook, an innkeeper who has never ventured far from her inn; and for Ajax Lynley and Emily Radstock, each of whom has reason to doubt that happiness can exist in marriage.

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Tina Donahue said...

What a beautiful photo at the top. Love it!

jean hart stewart said...

I agree...great photo. Love the three emotional changes.