Romance Writer’s Weekly: Emotion

Welcome back to Romance Writer’s Weekly. This week’s topic is from Tracey Gee.

As we all know, authors put real people and situations into their books. Let’s look at the times we’ve pushed through the pain by putting bad experiences or relationships into our works whether for therapy, or just as a way to close the door.

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When writing romance, I often resort to where I’ve been. The uncertainty of whether the person I love loves me, the fear of loss, and the joy of marrying my best friend provided me with plenty of feelings to harness for my writing. As a highly emotional person, some of these situations can take over and twist my stomach into a hundred pound knot. When I write a scene, the feelings come rushing back to me. If I didn’t feel miserable writing a break up or perhaps the death of a loved one, the scene probably lacks depth of emotion.

When writing thrillers, however, I often move into a world I want to be. So I need to step out of my shoes and place myself in the shoes of the person on the other end of a gun, or killing someone for the first time, or the hundredth time. Although years on a soccer field have made me immune to an elbow in the gut, or being pushed down by someone one hundred pounds bigger than me, I honestly couldn’t compare that experience to what soldiers and police enforcement experience in their jobs.

The emotions in these scenes are not something the average person experiences, and yet to be realistic, the reader should become a part of the action.

Which do I prefer? Both. Life is full of highs and lows for everyone. The ability to grasp a reader and bring them into the middle of the story and all the heartache, panic, and terror involved, makes the discomfort of writing the scenes worth it.

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Did you come from the amazing author Betty Bolte’s site? If not, here’s the link: www.bettybolte.com/blog.htm

Next on the tour is the wonderful Raine Balkera. http://rainebalkera.blogspot.com

At Thrillerfest Debut Author Breakfast, Grand Hyatt, NYC

Thrillerfest

Breakfast: Jul 11, 2015—8:00 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.

Book signing: 12:30-1 pm.

Location: Ballroom III-IV Grand Hyatt 109 E. 42nd St., GCT

I join fellow 2015 debut authors Maria Alexander, Ronnie Allen, Rob Brunet, Christine Carbo, John A. Connell, Matt Cook, M.P. Cooley, Alex Dolan, Allen Eskens, Veronica Forand, Simon Gervais, Neal Griffin, Glen Erik Hamilton, S.J.I. Holliday, Shannon Kirk, Sherry Knowlton, Eileen Magill, Alison McMahan, Bryan Robinson, Michael Rubin, Douglass Seaver, Stu Strumwasser, David Swatling, T.J. Turner, Steve P. Vincent,  and Gwendolyn Womack at a breakfast introduction to thriller fans.

Simmering Ice Release Day!!!

Simmering Ice Screenshot Cover

When the gloves come off, she’s worth the penalty…

Physical therapist Annie Davidson is great at her job but unlucky when it comes to love. She’s just out of a bad relationship. A really bad relationship. All she can do is focus on work…that is until she runs into professional hockey player Alec O’Meara. She’s a touch insecure and doesn’t understand why he’s interested in her.

Despite being one of the biggest players on the team, right wing Alec O’Meara prefers finesse over force. After the tragic death of his wife, he likes to keep things loose on and off the ice. But the red-headed Annie challenges his beliefs and makes him think about taking their relationship to the net.
The passion and fun they share is addicting and makes them long for more. But her insecurities that she’s not good enough, and his anxiety over a long-term commitment will keep them apart, unless they can find a way to break through the defenses they’ve built around their hearts.