I was looking for inspiration when I read Krista’s post about Will and Hanna from The Engagement Plot. She mentioned the sparks and conflict between them, and how it made for characters close to her heart. I started my new romance, Anchored, and I think I need to start over because I’m just not feeling it. The story in my head is amazing, and the characters dynamic, but the POV (point-of-view) needs to change, I think. It reminded me of my first romance, Entrusted. The fireworks between Ben and Jenna were so fun to create and share with readers.
I thought I’d write today about that first love. As I work on making my new characters, Jordyn and Spencer sizzle, I wanted to remember where it all started for me as an author, Jenna and Ben. Writing wise, they were my first love!
They were opposites, too. Jenna was a spontaneous sort, leaving Youngstown, Ohio for the mountain village of Speculator Falls in the Adirondack Mountains after one phone interview. Ben spent his summers in the mountains and considered the rural county with no stoplights home. Jenna was the new senior center director, Ben vowed after losing his grandfather to never set foot in the center again. Jenna came to a council meeting with a laundry list of items to update the center when Ben had only months before managed to close it down. They were so fun to write!
I loved Jenna and Ben so much that the rest of the series was a bit harder to create. Although readers ate up Entangled, I struggled with Carla and Will. I had more fun with Wayne and Trish in Engaged, but they were more like Ben and Jenna. I also was able to feature them and other characters from Entrusted in that last book in the series.
Now I’m in a new series based on a family of sextuplets living in another part of Upstate New York. New characters to come alive as I highlight my hometown of Corning, New York. Jordyn Collins is the oldest of the six siblings, and “The Collins Six” stay in the headlines in part to tragic circumstances. Each book in the Surrendering Opinions series will feature a sibling searching for a love as deep as what their parents shared, a first and only love.
Jordyn feels responsible for her father’s well-being and the welfare of her siblings, even though they are well into their twenties. That’s enough pressure to stay busy, but she also works at the same television station where her mom worked as a reporter. Jordyn’s given a new opportunity that should be exciting, but there’s a challenge at almost every turn. It seems as if her new colleague, Spencer Hart, is behind all the conflict.
Starting over I think will give me the gasoline to pour on the romantic flames. Spencer and Jordyn, like Ben and Jenna, are strong characters on their own. Together, I hope they become a force.
I also started thinking about real life, or as close as my love life could be as a little girl. The first crush I remember was watching The Waltons, and
thinking John-Boy made an attractive guy to think about. Before I married my husband, there were others like C. Thomas Howell, Shaun Cassidy, and of course high school and college dates/relationships, but I definitely found an only love with my husband.
What is the first romance you remember reading where you loved the hero and heroine? Who was your first celebrity crush?