Welcome to Day 20 of the Romancing September Across The World Blog Tour. The question I put out to all of these authors was “What challenges do you face in writing romance in today’s society?”
Don’t forget to go over to Rosie Amber’s page and check out her page too. I’ll put the link at the bottom of this post.
Today my guest author is Hazel Osmond and I want to thank her for blogging with me today. Here is a little about Hazel and her book Playing Grace.
What Challenges do you face writing romance in today’s society?
That’s a really good question and for a while I worried about that very thing – how could I, a woman of a certain age, get the tone spot on when writing about people younger than I was? Even more worrying – was romance itself a bit of an outdated concept? Isn’t the modern world a bit more cynical?
Then I stopped worrying. I mean, I don’t live in a cave – I’m out there in the world and as far as I can see, while people today might be more sharing with information about their lives, while they might employ different means to meet potential partners and perhaps be more open about their sexual needs – the big emotions are the same as those that powered people who actually did live in caves.
I still firmly believe that you can leave your house one morning thinking your life is going one way and then ‘zap’ you meet someone and everything changes. And while I don’t think people in today’s society expect love to solve everything in their lives, I do think that moment of attraction is one of the most powerful pieces of magic around. Finding someone to love, who loves you back in the same way, is still something millions of people wish for.
So now I don’t think the biggest challenge is to ensure you drop into your story the right buzz words and a suitable level of weary cynicism, it’s to make sure that you show how the fundamental emotions are still powering people and how that works in what is a more complex society. People have so many more choices these days – women aren’t like Cinderella waiting for their prince to come – and I suppose that’s why I write romances with humour. Trying to find love and make it last in the modern world calls for flexibility and a sense of humour and my books show that. Which, hopefully, will make them stand the test of time!!
I lived in a load of places when I was growing up, but I suppose Bath, in the West Country, UK, is my home town as far as being the place that shaped me the most when I was younger. Now though, I’ve lived in the North East of England for over thirty years, so my home town is Newcastle upon Tyne, UK – bold, vibrant, friendly. I love it.
Grace is pretending to be someone she isn’t to hide a big set of secrets from her past – so she’s playing a role. Tate, the American guy who explodes into her life senses that there is more to her than meets the eye and sets about trying to tease out the real Grace – so in a way, he’s playing her.
Go over to Amazon and check out Hazel’s books.
Here’s the link to Rosie’s side of the tour: http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-2vw