Today fellow International Thriller Writers Debut Author, Anne Marie Becker, is here to talk about the math of romantic suspense. Her novel, AVENGING ANGEL, recently received a 4 1/2 star TOP PICK! from RT Book Reviews as well as a starred review from Library Journal, which compared her to Mariah Stewart and Mary Burton.
Romance + Suspense = Thrills + Chills
I apologize for beginning your week with math, but hang with me a moment. For those of you unfamiliar with the romantic suspense subgenre, I think you’ll soon see the appeal. And for those of you who are familiar, I hope you’ll chime in with why you love these stories that have (approximately) equal parts danger and love story.
That must be why I chose a writing career in romantic suspense. Not only does the suspense have to build to a crescendo, so does the romance between the hero and heroine. And I typically include both of their points of view (which makes it a lot more fun for me). Then there’s the question of how to intertwine the two within the story, pace everything so it builds in a believable but fast-paced manner, and make everything come out all right in the end.
I love a story that makes my heart pound and puts my brain to work.
Here’s where the thrills and chills come into play. Both danger and love make your heart beat faster. A love story should remind the reader of that thrill of first love—the butterflies-in-the-stomach kind. But with suspense, you’ve got the added chill of continued danger. Not only is the reader’s body reacting to a steady supply of adrenaline jolts, but their brains are puzzling out how the characters will find that happy ending when the world is crumbling around them. As far as delivering maximum bang for your buck, romantic suspense has it all.
I love a happy ending.
While there is a place for literary fiction on our shelves, when I want something that is a feel-good, entertaining read, I reach for the romance section. For me, real life is hard enough. And for characters in romantic suspense novels, life is even harder. Yet I know it’ll all be all right. I read to escape, and I like being able to trust that, no matter what is thrown at the characters, they’ll come out okay—better, even—in the end.
What genres (or subgenres) are your favorites to read/write and why? Who are some of your favorite authors and/or what books would you recommend? (And thank you, Donna, for having me here today. I appreciate your hospitality!)
About Anne Marie:
Anne Marie has always been fascinated by people—inside and out—which led to degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and Counseling. To date, as a tutor, waitress, personal and family counselor, and high school counselor, she has indulged her curiosity through sanctioned professions. Now, as a stay-at-home mom of three young children, her passion for understanding the human race is satisfied by her roles as mother, wife, daughter, sister, and writer.
She writes to reclaim her sanity.
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