Do you work outside the home? It’s been a while since I had an office-based job. I’ve been a stay-at-home mother now for far longer than I was a single, working woman. But for over a decade, I worked long hours in a professional role and my career was a huge part of my life.
Corporate settings are rife with rivalries. Money and livelihoods are at stake and, along with the constant pressure of deadlines and performance targets, people at work often have to deal with giant egos and navigate the minefield of office politics. Throw in the complication of colleagues dating each other, breaking up with each other, and romantically pursuing each other, and you have a delicious stew of conflict out of which many gripping stories can spring.
I love reading a good workplace romance because there is so much that can go wrong as well as right. We see real life office love affairs play out all the time. One of my best friends married our boss. They were both Christians and carried on their courtship in a dignified and above board way. But many other pairings did not fare as well, leading to messy splits that fueled gossip around the water cooler.
I’ve written one workplace romance so far. The story idea came as I thought about what might happen if the boss’s daughter were given a job ahead of somebody who “deserved” it more than she did, and what the fallout would be, especially when they develop romantic feelings for each other.
Lessons Learned in Love is about a young woman who is parachuted into a high-level managerial role in her father’s company. She struggles with insecurities that come from people assuming she owes all her success to her family name. Her immediate subordinate, the man who expected to get the job, worked his way up from a humble background and has never been handed anything. When he misses out on a promotion, he’s got his new boss pegged as a spoiled princess but will eventually learn to look beyond the surface.
In this story, I wanted to explore issues of entitlement, privilege, merit, and prejudice, all of which work both ways.
To celebrate InspyRomance’s birthday month, I’m giving away two electronic copies of my workplace romance, Lessons Learned in Love, to two randomly chosen commenters.
I want your thoughts on love in the workplace. Have you seen it work? Have you seen it go badly wrong?