Rue Allyn, author of the new book One Day's Loving!
Ana, thank you very much for inviting me to share my thoughts with you and your readers. I look forward to some lively discussion on the topic of anticipation and books.
In honor of the holiday season, when we eagerly await the events—meals, performances, gift giving, worship services, decorations—I think exploring how anticipation works for readers and authors is timely.
Story moments that anchor the story in your mind J--climaxes, black moments, love scenes, witty repartee, heart melting encounters--are the pieces of a great story. They are why we read. Right?
Well maybe not. Perhaps the reason we read is as simple as anticipation of each of those pieces. Isn’t a page-turner a book that keeps the reader guessing, maintains our anticipation of what comes next?
I have always believed that only three major plot lines exist—man versus man, man versus nature, and man versus God (whatever God may be to you). Someone—man, nature or God—always wins, and someone always loses. Even in romantic fiction someone always loses by sacrificing his or her desires before reaping the greater reward of love.
So it isn’t anticipation of the ending that keeps me reading. In a murder mystery, I know the mystery will be solved. In a romance, I know the couple will live happily ever after. Explanations are always made before the book ends, questions are always resolved. In fact, I anticipate the explanations, the resolutions, and the HEAs.
In the best books—the page turners—I try to anticipate the next plot twist, the surprise turn of character, the unexpected jump in tension. I enjoy the moments of resolution when one question is resolved just as another issue is raised, making me anticipate again.
If you ask me what I enjoy most about reading--and writing--it isn’t the satisfaction of resolution—nice as that is—but rather the anticipation, the sweet tension of discovering how author and characters achieve those resolutions.
What do you think? Please leave a comment and let me know what keeps you reading.
As I wrote the Wildfire Love series, I thrilled at each new discovery, at every surprise (yes on occasion even authors get surprised by their stories) and every twist of plot and character. Here’s a hint about the action in the most recent Wildfire Love book, One Day’s Loving.
One Day’s Loving
Persephone Mae Alden is the invisible Alden sister, quiet, industrious, generous, kind-hearted, loyal and reliable. The words used to describe Mae remind her of a well-trained dog. She’s not happy about it, but what can she do? She likes her quiet life and would be seriously upset if she had to defy convention like Edith or act on instinct like Kiera. But everything changes when necessity forces her to bravery and she must choose between love and family.
A horrifying bequest convinces Boston attorney James W. Collins V that Mae Alden needs a husband, and she’s just the type of wife he wants. The two of them will be a perfect match. Refusing his offer makes no sense, so why won’t the woman accept?
About Rue Allyn
Author of historical, contemporary, and erotic romances, Rue Allyn fell in love with happily ever after the day she heard her first story. She is deliriously married to her sweetheart of many years and loves to hear from readers about their favorite books and real life adventures. Learn more about Rue at http://RueAllyn.com