Thursday, June 16, 2011

L is for...

Lovers.

Ooh. Naughty subject, you think? Can be, perhaps. But since I'm a romance writer, the subject of lovers is quite common and, moreover, expected. According to the Merriam-Webster Collegiate dictionary, lov·er first appeared in print in the 13th century, and means a person in love--especially a man in love with a woman.

Across time, many lovers--both real & fictitious--have sparked our interest and captured our hearts. Some are memorable; some are nothing more than a passing fancy. As authors of love and romance, we continuously pray for the former. The star-crossed tales of Romeo & Juliet, Tristan & Isolde, and even the vastly popular concept of vampires in love with humans give us a sense of hope in a world where the word love tends to fall behind the sofa. We feed greedily off these tales, these romanticized icons of both modern and old.

I mean, think about it. Where would we be without Juliet's desperate cries of, "O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?" or Edward Cullen's memorably cheesy, "And so the lion fell in love with the lamb"? Almost every story in the entire world contains some sort of romantic element. That's a pretty big thing, wouldn't you agree?

But back to the subject of lovers... Who, to your mind, are among the memorable lot? And it can be any couple. Any couple at all. Fictional, real, a pair in a movie, in a book. Your mom & dad. I'd love to know!

As for me, I have way too many to list (Michael & Francesca from Julia Quinn's When He Was Wicked, Shad & Charlotte from Janet Mullany's Improper Relations, the newly dubbed Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Katniss Everdeen & Peeta Mellark from Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games...). But my favorite now-couple are from my very own WIP, Hallelujah and the Rowan Stone: The Time Travelers' Chronicles Book One.

Henry & Hallelujah
(As played by Max Irons & Emily Browning)

Peace, Love, and Junior Mints,

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