Stephanie Hurt – Romance Author

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Strong Characters

Good tax day morning… Let’s just say if you haven’t filed yet, you don’t have long. I’m counting down the hours until midnight. 

Now on to the post of the day. How would you rate your characters? Do you have weak ones, strong ones, or maybe those that start out weak and become strong? Well that’s the question of the day. Which characters do you consider strong?

When I get my character list together, I try to have at least one character that’s strong. Maybe they’re able to deal with any crisis or even help others deal with crisis. In my writing I try to make the strong characters inspiring. I want readers to be inspired by the strength in some of my characters. 

In Faith Through The Tears, Randy has to lean on his faith to keep strong for his two daughters. He fights with the weakness of his emotions when he loses the love of his life. But inevitably his strength pulls him together. He’s human and his strength waivers, but he does find his strength through the immense faith he has.

In Victoria, she’s the one that struggles to hold things together. Even with the Civil War all around them she keeps up her strength. But even the strongest character has weak moments. 

Then you have Lily, the main character in A Love Never Lost. She’s independent and strong willed. She knows what she wants and goes for it, even when her heart wants her to stay with Zane. Eventually her strength is tested, but she holds it together.

I love to read a romance with a strong character. It always inspires me to be stronger than I am. Do you have a character that’s strong? 

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…


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Crying doesn’t show weakness, but strength…

I’ve talked several times about how I cry easily. It’s just a trait I have. A sweet love song, a romantic movie, a faith filled gospel song, or just a memory brought back to life. 

In my opinion crying never shows weakness, but the strength to endure. When a song brings on a memory it’s the strength of heart to let your emotions open up. When a sweet romantic scene in a movie brings on emotions, it’s the strength of that emotion that brings on the tears. 

Sometimes a sweet memory gets brought on by a smell, a song, a person, or just memories in general. This can bring on a silent tear that also comes from the strength of the memory. 

Maybe you think differently, but I can tell you this, it’s the strength that we hide that brings on the tears. The strength of the memory that pours out as life’s sweet tears. 

A good author can bring on tears in just a few words. I’ve cried reading before. A book that brings on tears usually get’s read several times and put to memory. 

So let those tears flow and show your true strength. 

As always, good writing and May God Bless You…