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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thursday Spotlight: Grace Greene

Romance writers write about romance. We throw other stuff in – suspense, grief, attraction, peril, faith elements – and create sub-genres, but, bottom line, it’s romance. Beach Rental is published as Women’s Fiction because, ultimately, Beach Rentalis Juli’s story. But it’s also romance. And suspense. And a touch of Inspirational.

I’ve heard there are a limited number of story types in romance. Let’s take a look at a few:

One of the concepts in Beach Rental deals with marriage as a business arrangement that leads to love, versus the love-at-first-sight falling head-over-heels kind of love. Marriage of convenience (or as a business arrangement) is an old idea well-used many times by authors through the centuries, and never gets old.

The next concept in Beach Rental is unrequited love – somebody loves someone who loves somebody else. Unrequited love is something most of us have experienced, painfully, often as a crush in school - or even more painfully as an adult when our hearts are less quick to mend.

In the end, Beach Rental becomes the story of two people, widely separated by circumstance, background and economics, who grow toward each other, finding in each other something they lack and, together, they are now whole – a theme similar to Pride and Prejudice. This is also the concept we hope is true for every relationship – we see in each other something we lack in ourselves. Two become one.
Human beings want to love and be loved and the Romance genre embodies that basic need and explores it in endless variations on the theme. The fictional characters in Beach Rental also suffer deceit, grief and danger, but my characters forgive me because I always give them a romantic, happily-ever-after ending.

Here are some places to read more about Romance as a genre:
www.rwanational.org
http://romanceuniversity.org

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