There’s a nice interview with Sarah Wendell at USA today. Check it out — I thought it was very well done, especially the part where Sarah points out that it’s not so easy to write a romance novel. Gotta love people’s assumptions, right? YOU TRY IT! Also, you try writing one in 6 weeks, omg…
(Almost finished, yep. Only casualty, the real romance. Whatevs.)
Romance readers do not expect real men to be carbon copies of romance heroes — we don’t expect anyone to ride in on a horse wielding a sword and solving all our problems. Romance heroes are found in real moments of caring. When my husband makes my coffee for me in the morning and puts a piece of foil over the top so it stays warm for me, that’s a romance hero moment.
This is true. I always have my hero do a caring thing when he’s annoyed with or suspicious of the heroine (to show her and the reader how wonderful he is) — and before they’re actually a couple.