For next year’s Christmas novella, I wrote a pregnant heroine. I didn’t know if this would be allowed at first, so I asked my editor.
Me: Can I have a pregnant heroine?
Her: How did she get pregnant?
Me: Yada, yada, yada…
She clarified that she knew HOW my character got pregnant, but she needed me to tell her the circumstances before she made a decision. Thus I wrote a synopsis and a couple of sample chapters, and she granted her approval.
I’ve never written a pregnant heroine before, and I do agree that for her to have a healthy romance, the circumstances mattered. I did my research, and found that this trope seems to be more acceptable in historical novels when the character is a widow and/or it’s a marriage of convenience. The only contemporary Christian romance I’d read with a pregnant heroine was Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter, but I figured if she could do it, so could I.
I didn’t simply want to write a pregnant heroine to check it off my list of tropes. I wrote it because I remembered how much more real the nativity story became the December I was pregnant with my first baby. In the same way, I wanted my heroine to be more in awe of Jesus than she’d ever been.
I also wanted to include her realization of a gift being something she couldn’t earn. She feels shame from her divorce, and she’s determined to do the single parenting thing on her own for good reasons. So when a man steps in who has the ability and desire to give her more than she’s ever wanted, she thinks she has to turn him down.
The message isn’t about being rescued by a billionaire. It’s about how every one of us has already been rescued.
My heroine must overcome the pride of thinking she had to earn her salvation. If she could earn it, then she wouldn’t need Jesus. Christmas wouldn’t mean anything.
Writing this story made the gift of salvation more real for me. I know it’s not even October yet, but, you guys, this is a gift that needs to be celebrated year round. I seriously can’t wait to share this novella with you. (It will be in the We Three Kings collection.)
So, let’s hear your thoughts. If you were my editor, would you have granted a pregnant heroine story? Have you read any other contemporary Christian romance with a pregnant heroine? If so, what made it work (or not work) for you?