Love and Drama

Women love a love story.

Men?

I think men secretly love a love story but they don’t want to let their emotions go all to pieces, at least not so anyone could see. While they wouldn’t be caught dead holding a copy of some romantic novel, they wouldn’t mind watching a movie with drama and a relationship as long as it wasn’t too sappy.

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So authors of novels that involve relationships have some options. They can give up on men as readers and write “romance” novels for women. Or, they can write the kind of novel that both men and women can enjoy, with more happening in the novel than simply a love story.

The latter is the kind of novel I prefer to write. I always have relationships going on in my stories, but the background events and locations raise the interest level for all readers.

Let me give you four examples:

One

In my novel, The Wind Weeps, a woman becomes involved with two commercial fishermen. Of course she chooses the wrong man. After that, it’s a matter of her survival. I don’t take the fishermen out of their setting and focus only on the love affairs. The events that influence the development of the story are set in the real working lives of the fishermen. The characters run their trollers, they do some hunting, they do boat maintenance, go mushroom picking, and explore the fabulous coast of British Columbia from Vancouver to the Queen Charlotte Islands. But all this is written to appeal to men as well as women. Romantic attachments develop within this lifestyle. Exciting drama and tense situations keep you turning pages.

Two

My novel Reckoning Tide is the sequel to The Wind Weeps. It is a “must read,” if you enjoyed the free download of The Wind Weeps. I think you will find the continuing adventure and ending of Reckoning Tide very satisfying.

Three

Another love story in a practical, yet exotic setting is Orion’s Gift. Sylvia, a gorgeous California woman,  has received news that prompts her to flee her comfortable home. She goes on an extended trip down the Baja Peninsula. But for the men, who also enjoy real life situations and a love story sneaked in on the sly, I introduce Kevin, owner of an Alberta hardware store. Kevin is a handsome man who has let his wife steamroll over him for years. Events evolve that allow Kevin to escape, and Baja is his destination. When Kevin meets Sylvia, they should live happily ever after, judging by the sparks they send up to the heavens, but their two spouses are hunting them down. Trouble looms.

If you like a good love story with spicy sex, and  a real inside look at dry camping on the Baja Peninsula, Orion’s Gift is the book for you.

Four

And then there is Julia’s Violinist. Born of German heritage, in what was then Austria-Hungary, Julia is an innocent victim of the fallout of two world wars. Julia’s Violinist is not a war story, because, as its author, I dislike war stories. But what I have learned is that when there is major strife in the world, people still  try to continue living their usual lives. The war tears up the very foundations of Julia’s life. Widowed, having lost her home to the spoils of war, she and her two children are rebuilding their lives. Times are hard. Very hard. She remarries, but her husband is a difficult man.

Then one day a letter arrives from Canada. After twenty years, her first love has found her again after searching for her through the Red Cross. “Come to me,” he writes. “Thank God I’ve found you. I still love you after all these years.”

You will love Julia too. I guarantee it.

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13 thoughts on “Love and Drama

  1. I agree, Anneli. I like a love story but I’ve always preferred it to be *part* of a tale, not the whole thing. Rich locations, new lifestyles or businesses I’m interested in but don’t know much about, something where the stakes are more than just a couple falling in love. I may not be the typical female reader stereotype in that regard, of course! But it’s always good when I can pass one of my books onto my husband and we can both enjoy it and chat about it. (Even better if I can borrow some of his!!)

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    • I think maybe authors write the kind of book they would like to read themselves too. For my own part, I’ve always enjoyed adventure and finding out something new. Of course, I’m a sucker for a good love story, so to me, it makes a perfect combination. I like the idea of you being able to enjoy your husband’s books and he, yours.

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    • And that’s where it’s important to go to someone who has “been there, done that.” I hate it when I read something that is full of mistakes that show that the writer hasn’t done her homework. One mistake that comes to mind is when I read about someone putting bullets in a shotgun. You put shells in a shotgun and bullets in a rifle or handgun. That kind of thing just shoots down (sorry for the pun) the author’s credibility.

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  2. Great points on how to attract readers of both genders! I get stuck sometimes thinking that my novels are more for female readers but then yet another guy says he really liked one or the other and I go and think about their appeal once again. I think you’ve really hit the nail on the head as to why a guy would keep reading. Good post.

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    • I get a lot of input from my husband. He doesn’t hesitate to tell me if it’s “too sappy” and often has some good experiences (from his time fishing on the coast) to suggest adding to the stories.

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    • I feel that Julia is the most character-driven book of the four. You’re right about being friends with Julia. She would be anyone and everyone’s best friend if they let her. A very warm character.

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