Monday Spotlight: Lyncee Shillard

What is……romantic?

Flowers?

Or candy?

Or candlelight?

Or a bubble bath?

Some would say all of the above while others would have their own ideas. In writing romance, there are several unique definitions that a writer must deal with. So – what is….romantic?

Often, the same scene can have a double meaning. For example….

The shrill buzz of the doorbell shattered the silence. Darla glanced at her watch as she sat her book down. Twenty after nine. Who could it be? She stood and walked to the front room. The low rumble of distant thunder echoed in the night air as she opened the door. Michael stood in the pale yellow porch light.

“I thought you were still stuck in Colorado.” Darla’s pulse raced as she tripped over the words. “They said all flights were still ground.”

He held out his hand, offering a rectangular box with a green silk bow decorating the top. “It’s your birthday. I couldn’t miss it. So I rented a car and drove. Here, your favorite chocolates.”

“Oh, Michael,” she stepped outside and into his embrace.

OR – same scene and props but totally different outcome –

The shrill buzz of the doorbell shattered the silence. Darla glanced at her watch as she sat her book down. Twenty after nine. Who could it be? She stood and walked to the front room. The low rumble of distant thunder echoed in the night air as she opened the door. Michael stood in the pale yellow porch light.

Darla’s heart skipped a beat, panic surging through her. “What are you doing here?”

He held out his hand, offering a rectangular box with a green silk bow decorating the top. “It’s your birthday. I couldn’t miss it. Here, your favorite chocolates.”

“No, Michael,” she stepped inside and tried to shut the door, but his fingers stopped it.

While these examples are very basic, they show how the same thing – a box of candy – can mean two entirely different things.

As a romance writer, I realize it’s more than a simple prop that makes romance. It’s the characters and the setting. I’ve read great romantic scenes set in places I’d never have thought of as a romantic place yet through skilled writing they were.

What are some of the more ‘off-beat’ romantic settings you’ve read?

Comments

  1. Underground springs in a monestary!

    Thanks,
    Tracey D

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