I’m currently working on the second in The Spencer Family series and a couple of days ago I found myself writing yet another dance scene. I just can’t seem to help myself.
There’s no better feeling that being able to move your body to music without a care in the world about who might be watching. Not to mention the romance of a nice, sweet slow dance with someone you love, or at least have the potential to love. My husband refuses to dance. *sigh* So I’ll just have to keep living vicariously through my characters.
Hoping I wasn’t the only author with a love of dancing, I asked some of my fellow Inspy authors if they included dancing in their stories. Merrillee Whren says she has several in which the characters dance at weddings. That seems to be the most common occurrence.
Janet Ferguson’s characters in The Art of Rivers also dance at a wedding—one they crash. River loves to dance but had to forgo lessons after her mother’s drunk driving accident. She usually dances alone to relieve stress, but it doesn’t compare to when she dances with Cooper on the beach.
Dancing in a crowd with people all around can add energy to your moves, but things can really heat up when you step outside for a breath of fresh air and the man of your dreams joins you. That’s what happens between Avery and Hawthorn in Tara Grace Ericson’s Hoping for Hawthorn.
But weddings are not the only place to cut a move. (None of mine happen at a wedding.) What about at church? In Dancing at Daybreak by Valerie Comer, joining the dance troupe at the neighborhood church plays a significant role in the heroine’s journey to Jesus. I do love a good redemption story, how about you?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on dancing. Do you enjoy it? How about in novels? What’s your favorite fictionalized dance scene? Also, let me know where you hail from. I’m doing two giveaways this time. One paperback copy of Heart’s Desire to a US resident and one eBook copy for those outside the US.
About Heart’s Desire:
Aiden Weaver promised himself this date to the New Year’s Eve ball would be a one-time deal. Then he meets his date, Bailey, and his heart keeps pulling him back to her long after the dance is over.
Bailey Foster wonders if she’s meant for the single life. She’s determined to take it slow and let the right man come to her. Despite her reservations, hope is rekindled when she meets Aiden and his girls.