My husband and I just celebrated our 20th anniversary. We didn’t have big plans as we were going on a vacation next month, but of course all that has been canceled. I’m writing this post before the anniversary, so I imagine we’ll have a nice dinner. Our cats will celebrate with us. (Yes—3 cats!! We love them. Nessie, KC, and Shadow)
Okay–leaving real life romance and cats and heading to the reading/writing world to talk about natural disasters.
Strange subject, really, for romance readers. But hey, things are strange right now, so let’s go with the flow and tackle a strange subject for our genre.
In my current WIP there’s a flood happening at the end of the book. No spoiler there, it’s eluded to throughout the book. They hero and heroine work together with the town–all ends well. But it got me thinking.
Are there natural disasters people love reading about? I remember reading a Love Inspired suspense novel where the story took place during a hurricane. I loved that story. Now I know we don’t like natural disasters in real life. My son and his wife have been through Hurricane Maria and they felt the earthquakes in January in Puerto Rico. In real life I don’t want any natural disasters to happen anywhere in the world. I literally am frightened reading about them in real life.
But in a book, where everything turns out okay, is it okay to like to read about them? I hope so. I still remember that hurricane book. (Would probably have a very different perspective now!) And we all remember Twister. What a movie. Speaking of movies do you find you like to watch movies about natural disasters over reading books about them? (Am I strange that I love watching the movies as well?) Tell the truth. BUT and this is a big BUT, everything and all the good people HAVE to be okay for me to watch or read.
I’m strictly a romance writer, so whatever is happening in nature will be going along with the love story. In the suspense story I read, the impending hurricane added a lot of tension to the already tense situation with the hero, heroine and bad guy. In fact in this one the heroine thought the hero was the bad guy. So all that combined for a really great, fast paced novel that sucked me in.
My heroine dislikes the town and finds her real disposition toward the town when it is threatened is different from her stated disposition. It really is a fun story—promise!
What about you readers and writers? Have you been through a natural disaster? Do you like to read about them? How do you feel about them in a love story?
As always, thank you for your input! I always love hearing what the readers like and don’t like.