When I first started writing, I had never really considered words like tropes or story arc. As a reader, I read what I enjoyed and didn’t consider the structure behind the story. That all changed when I began bringing my own stories to life and I learned–boy did I learn–that there was so much involved in writing beyond putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard).
Tropes is now one of my favorite things to consider when it comes to writing or reading. Like most readers, I have certain stories that I always come back to, or tropes that I love reading.
One of those is the grumpy/sunshine trope, where one character (usually the hero) is grumpy, while the other (usually the heroine) is overly happy. The grumpy/sunshine reminds me of an opposites attract romance since the characters are so different from each other. I love reading the conflict between the characters and the constant tug-of-war between their opposing personalities, which makes it a surprise that it took me until this year to write this trope in one of my own stories.
It was a challenge to keep a balance between the grumpy/sunshine and not let one overtake the other. No one likes a mean grump or a sunshine person who’s so bright that they feel unrealistic. Even in fiction, I like for characters to feel real.
This is where Alicia and Colin come into the story. I wrote Alicia as a doctor and Colin as an Army medic, then I stuck them together and watched the sparks fly. Alicia is the type who though she’s the sunshine character, she has spunk. And despite Colin’s grumpiness, he’s a good guy, as his niece and nephew will tell you.
Both Alicia and Colin need to learn how to deal with their opposite personality type, and it isn’t easy for either of them. They try to stay out of each other’s way, but as the author, I get to be mean and keep pushing them to work side by side until they sort out their differences. Add in an island setting and I was all set to create one of my favorite romances so far.
Do you enjoy the grumpy/sunshine trope? What is it that you like or dislike?