One of the goals of a romance writer is to turn our characters' lives upside down. Usually, life is going along just fine for the most part for the hero and heroine, until they come into each other's lives and things get complicated.
They fall in love when they hadn't planned on doing so.
The past gets in the way of the love they're discovering.
Things change and will never be the same again.
They change and grow and discover throughout the course of the story.
As a writer it's a challenge to present these ups and downs in a way that makes the reader think the hero and heroine can't ever be together, and then to, of course, provide the happy ending. These turning-the-world-upside-down moments are the ones we crave in a romance.
Upside down craziness isn't always as sought after in real life. It tends to make things difficult, and there are no magical 'happily ever after' words to wrap things up and make everything all right. I wish I had as much control of real life as I do of fiction!
Until next time,