Each time I type those words, I always take a few moments to imagine my characters ten, fifteen, even thirty years later. It may not relate directly to the “happily-ever-after” of the novel. Still, there’s a real satisfaction in seeing that hero and heroine still committed to their marriage after the passage of time.
For instance, take Claire and Dion from my recent release, Stolen Treasures. She’s stubborn and tired of taking orders and he’s quiet, but used to having his orders followed. Thirty years from now, I guarantee you that Dion does what Claire wants without argument. And Claire doesn’t ask for something that she knows Dion wouldn’t want to do.
Recently, I attended a family bridal shower. One of the things we were asked to do was write some words of wisdom on making a marriage last. Do you have a suggestion to add? What I wrote will probably never make it into a romance novel. Yet anyone who has been with their partner in life for more than a few years will relate. For my husband AND myself, the secret to longevity, IMHO, is this:
Being able to listen to the same story over and over…and over again and make it seem each time like it’s the first time you’ve heard it.
I may weave new stories into books, but my past life is static and so is my husband’s. Yet we still (mostly) enjoy discussing them, laughing over our mistakes and reveling in our growth.
So whether the romance in your life (or in your books) has been around for years or is a budding promise of the future, remember how important the stories are. And, if you can, write them down. It might just make a great novel.
Laurie Ryan lives in the Pacific Northwest with her sexy he-can-fix-anything husband and their gray tabby, Dude. When not writing, she enjoys scrap booking and long walks, rain or shine. And especially, curling up with a good book and a cup of cocoa on a cold winter’s day.
Stolen Treasures is available at: http://www.bookstrand.com/node/805444.
You can learn more about Laurie on her website: http://www.laurieryanauthor.com/index.html