Wednesday, 31 July 2013

The Essence of Attraction - Part Three

Another crucial element when it comes to creating attraction between a hero and heroine is likeability. Now I’m not saying that the hero and heroine will necessarily like one another all the time. In most romance novels, sparks are usually flying, and it’s fair to say that the hero and heroine don’t always see eye to eye on matters. But in a good romance novel the hero and heroine will often find themselves liking each other – even if it’s against their will. 

Leading on from this is the idea of humour as an import aspect of attraction. In a heated discussion between the hero and heroine, what often diffuses the scene, and also adds to the likeability factor between the two characters is humour. Nothing is more likely to create a buzz between your two main characters than some humorous exchanges.

Humour and intelligence are often linked, and when two characters connect, it’s because they have an appreciation for each other’s mind or way of thinking. This is a very important element of attraction because if two characters cannot connect on an intellectual level, then they’re doomed as a romantic couple… just think of Mr and Mrs Bennet in Pride and Prejudice for a telling example of a couple who were mismatched intellectually… If the heroine never catches the hero’s jokes, or she finds him an inferior intellectually, any attraction between the two will fizzle out after a while, and die.

Mr and Mrs Bennet from the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice

Now I’ll come to the final element of attraction – which being the most obvious, I’ve left till last… and this is physical attraction! The hero and heroine must find each other physically attractive otherwise the relationship will never get off the ground, let alone approach anywhere near an altar.

Do you have any other aspects of attraction you’d like to add to my list? If so, please leave a comment…

Monday, 15 July 2013

The Essence of Attraction – Part Two

In my previous post I outlined three important elements that create attraction between a hero and heroine in a romance novel, namely mystery, desire and confidence.

Another important aspect in creating attraction between a man and a woman is unpredictability. In the beginning of a relationship the hero shouldn’t be able to predict the heroine’s behaviour, and vice versa. This generates romantic tension in a relationship, which creates an interesting dynamic between the hero and heroine. Of course, as the romance progresses the main characters will become more familiar with each other, in that they’ll start to know each other better, but this shouldn’t make them predictable.

What adds to the attraction between a man and a woman is some sort of challenge. The hero should find the heroine challenging in some way. Even if you’ve created a meek and mild heroine, something in her demeanour should challenge the hero. For instance, the hero might find it exciting to see if he can discover whether passion lurks beneath the quiet surface of the heroine; or he might try and find out why she behaves in a particular manner with certain people, while behaving quite differently around him…

The heroine should also find the hero challenging – either to her ideas about love and life in general, or something in his personality should intrigue her to get to know him better.

Social status is another important aspect of attraction. This doesn’t mean that the hero must be a powerful, wealthy character, but he should be able to command some sort of respect from the people around him. It boils down to a natural authority the hero should command, to be well… a hero! A similar thing applies to a heroine – she should have aspects of her character that other people admire, because think about it – if no one in the book likes and respects her, why would a reader bother to spend time with her between the covers of a book?

In my next post I’ll continue to elaborate on this theme…

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

An Interview With Sarah Louise Smith, Author Of Izzy's Cold Feet

Today I’m interviewing chick-lit writer Sarah Louise Smith. Welcome Sarah, and thanks for joining me today.

Thanks for having me!

Tell us about your latest novel.

Izzy has had a troubled life so far; her sister is missing and she's seen her fair share of heartache. At the start of the novel, she is about to get married to Greg, but she's not sure if she really loves him. She keeps thinking about her ex-boyfriends, and takes the reader on a journey through her past, analysing each relationship and how it went wrong. To complicate matters and confuse her even further, each of her past loves turns up in the week leading up to the wedding and Izzy must decide which man she loves the most.

Tell us a bit about Izzy...

Izzy is the sort of person who likes to be organised and plan ahead. She over-thinks and analyses a bit too much. She's also a very caring person, she loves to cook and she thinks a lot about her missing sister.

How do you go about writing a novel? Can you tell us about your writing process?

I am quite slow to get started, but once I do, I'm quite a fast writer. I think about it for quite a while, then write lots of notes, then finally sit down and try to get it all typed up!

What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

The best thing so far is hearing from readers who enjoyed my first novel, Amy & Zach. It's so nice to get lovely comments and feedback, it makes the hard work feel worthwhile...

What do you like most about the chick-lit genre?

When I read, I want some happy escapism. I am not really looking for anything too complicated or scary in a book. I want a feel-good, relatively easy read, with some comedy and romance, something that makes me smile at the end!

Do you have a favourite author?

My favourite chick-lit author is Paige Toon. Her novels are past-faced, funny, sad, romantic, happy, realistic with some fabulous characters. I'm also a really big Jane Austen fan, Pride and Prejudice is my favourite novel of all time and I read it again and again.

Thanks so much for having me, Alissa :)

About Sarah Louise Smith
Sarah Louise Smith lives in Milton Keynes, UK, with her husband, two cute cats and a loopy golden retriever. She has an extremely lovely step-daughter and spends most of her free time writing, reading, cooking, and taking long walks.

She’s the author of two chick-lit novels: Amy & Zach and Izzy’s Cold Feet, both published by Crooked Cat. Read Sarah’s blog at:

Blurb – Izzy’s Cold Feet
One bride to be. Three ex-boyfriends.

Izzy is engaged to Greg, who is everything a girl could want.
The trouble is – all she can think about is the men she loved before she met him: sexy Ewan, the first love of her life; dependable Jason, who loved her more than she deserved; and irresistible Dexter, who broke her heart…

Then there’s the fact that her sister has been missing since Izzy was twelve. After such a traumatic childhood all Izzy wants is a normal, happy, settled life, but love is never simple.
In the week leading up to her wedding day, Izzy is forced to ask herself who she loves the most. And, given the choice, who would she want to spend her life with?


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Where to find Amy & Zach
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Monday, 1 July 2013

Cover Reveal: The Blog Affair

I've received the cover of my soon-to-be-published novel, The Blog Affair, from my publisher. Getting excited as the publication date comes closer - it'll be published in October.

Here's the cover!