Hello! I’m Elizabeth Noble and I’m another of the authors Lou has offered a monthly space for a blog post. I’ll be posting on the 19th of each month.
Today is Father’s Day in the United States. Happy Father’s Day to all you dads everywhere. Whether your children have two legs or four, are teeny tiny tots or grown and grumpy this day is for you!
I think a common question I’m asked is why do I write in the genre I do? Why write gay romance? I have a variety of answers depending on the situation and how chatty I’m feeling at that moment. Those answers range from ‘because I like it’ to much longer and more detailed responses.
In all honesty it’s not something I give a huge amount of thought to unless the question is put to me.
What I do give a ridiculous amount of thought to are creating the plots for the books I write. Romance books are about, well romance, right? Two people meet, in the case of my books, two men, during the course of the story they’re attracted to each other, develop feelings for each other and finally form a–hopefully–lasting bond. The characters are different, the backdrops vary, but the idea is the same: they form a family.
I’m all about family of choice. When we read a romance novel there is the excitement of the couple meeting, will they get along, will they connect, will they be kept apart?
Then yes, finally our couple shares a kiss and kiss leads to more. By the end of the book what was two separate people have come together and formed a family. A family of choice.
Each of my novels has the family in a different stage of its development.
In Jewel Cave and during most of the Sentries series the couples were established. The family was formed. Clint and Griff from Jewel Cave have two dogs, and Todd and Nick from Sentries have their horses and an extensive network of close friends who are more like extended family.
Gone Away has two men reuniting after a few years apart, so this is a family coming together again. They’ve grown and like many families realize the reasons for separating aren’t nearly as important as why they belong together.
The family created in The Vampire Guard series is a little different. This is a larger family, two couples. These four men have complicated and layered relationships with one another. Each couple have their romantic relationship. In addition there are the relationships between each team member. It’s what makes them not only a team but a family of choice.
These men will do anything for one another, no matter what personal danger they may face.
When a writer creates a romance novel they’re inviting us on the inside of something very special. A new family is budding, an existing family is changing and blooming into something different, and hopefully better. The main characters face more challenges than simply getting beyond that first kiss. They’re creating traditions, forging alliances and reinforcing love so it can last.
That’s really the happiest ending of all.
Until next month! Happy Reading,