We have debut author Christy McKellens this week talking about adding emotions in your writing.
Formerly a Video and Radio Producer, Christy now spends her time writing fun, impassioned and emotive romance with an undercurrent of sexual tension. When she’s not writing, she can be found enjoying life with her husband and three children, walking for pleasure and researching other people’s deepest secrets and desires.
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Finding the Feels
The Harlequin Romance line is all about the feels. The tingles down your spine that you experience whenever characters get under your skin and give you what you crave from that type of story—an emotional climax.
Getting this right for a reader is the most challenging part of my job.
It takes a lot of deep thinking to get to the heart of my character’s conflicts and subsequently help them find a way out of their own personal darkness. Because of the way I write—in a rather piecemeal style, fitting my words in amongst household chores and children—this can be a bit of a trial, to say the least.
For me, the way to understand how a character might react to a situation to give you “the feels” you’re looking for, is all about getting into their heads. So I try to put myself in their position. This, of course, is only possible if you feel like you know your characters. Writing out a short biography for each of them can help with this i.e. finding out about their formative experiences: what’s shaped them throughout their lives, like past relationships with partners and family. Also life catalysts—things that happened to them that had a huge impact on their lives. Sometimes doing a mini interview with each of them can help get them straight in your head too and make them feel more real. The most useful questions for me to answer as I get to know my characters are:
What do you most want in life?
What are you most afraid of?
Or on a similar theme—What’s stopping you from getting what you want?
If you get where your characters are coming from you can have a good idea of how they’re going to get where they need to go. And then you throw everything you can think of in their path as they desperately try to get there.
And you’ve found the feels.
Unlocking Her Boss’s Heart is available from all good retailers from 1st January 2016
More than just a job!
Cara Winstone is determined to bounce back from her last—disastrous—PA job, and working for Max Firebrace is exactly how she's going to do it. Little does Cara know that walking into her brooding boss's luxurious London town house also has her walking into his past…
Since losing his wife, Max doesn't think he has any love left to give. But something in the warmth of Cara's smile jump-starts Max's heart again, making him wonder if he's ready for a new happy-ever-after…with Cara by his side.