Family Dynamics in Women’s Fiction by Cynthia Racette

Family Dynamics in Women’s Fiction

Every family has a characteristic family dynamic. The larger the family, the more complex the dynamic. The study of interrelationships within a family is fascinating, for many of them lead to family feuds, romances, crimes of passion and a complex interweaving of human emotions both bad and good, like jealousy, greed, violence and affection, support, and loyalty.

Women’s fiction explores these dynamics much more than regular romance, which concentrates on the two people falling in love. Love doesn’t happen in a vacuum though and the dynamics of the rest of the family can grossly affect the romance itself. It can break up relationships, it can cement other relationships by showing the love birds just how much they have in common. It can push or pull, and distort. One thing family dynamics almost never does is nothing.

Look at your own family. How often does something important happen in the family with no one making a comment, making an opinion known, giving a glare, a hug, whatever? Everyone always has something to say. And they say it. Sometimes loudly.

The strength of women’s fiction is in its willingness, sometimes its eagerness, to show the effects of the burgeoning love through the eyes of people in their families that have affection for, or despise for, the couple dealing with early love. For certainly everyone is affected. And everyone else affects the success or failure of the relationship.

That’s why I write women’s fiction, rather than plain romance, although I have written some of that too. I want to tell the whole story—the dynamics of the relationships within the dynamics of the family.

About the Author My hubby and I moved to Buffalo, NY, to be with our daughters and grandchildren, so you can see that family is very important to us. We spend as much time with our wee grandchildren because we know what a short time they are little. I have written since I was a teen and was, at various times, a reporter, an editor, and an author. I joined RWA with my daughter Cassandra and we have each had great success since then.

In my spare time, we like to travel, especially to warmer climes in the middle of winter, swim in our pool here at home, read and watch hockey. We’re big fans of the Buffalo Sabres. My hubby is a runner and I am a watcher—I watch him run. LOL I will read anything, including a cereal box but I draw the line at phone books.


9_3 cynthia Final Uncharted Fate copy (1)A young family’s lives are destroyed when the man of the house, Mike, is killed by a crazed criminal on his way home from work. Left virtually penniless, the family flounders under a mortgage suddenly too large, a teenage daughter so traumatized she becomes involved in drugs and stealing, and a younger son who believes it is his fault God took his father. Anna is now the head of a one parent family and must look for a job, with no experience and an irrelevant degree. Out of her element, out of money and without her first love, Anna struggles to cope.
Jeff Thomas is a divorced detective who brings in Anna’s daughter Mallory when she’s caught shoplifting and then finds himself entangled in the family’s trouble. As times goes on, he realizes he’s also falling in love with Anna. Can he take Mike’s place in Anna’s life and in that of her family? Before Jeff has hardly begun to try, a dangerous situation threatens to determine the fate of the woman he’s come to love and Jeff is the one person who can save her.


  1. Thanks for allowing me to write you a blog for today!

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